How to joint a chicken

How to joint a chicken

Learning how to joint a whole chicken (i.e. break it down into leg and breast portions) is a useful skill to learn, particularly as a whole bird can cost less than individual chicken portions.

When working with chicken, always remember to work cleanly and to thoroughly disinfect the surface after you have finished.

Place the chicken on a board
Use a small knife to run along the edge of the wishbone
Once the bone is exposed, use your thumb and forefinger to remove the wishbone
Slice the skin between the leg and body then 'pop' the leg out of its socket
Cut through any excess skin to release the leg, repeat on the other leg
Using poultry shears, cut through the rib cage, to separate the carcass
Cut along both sides of the breastbone and discard
You will be left with two legs and two breasts with the wings attached


If you don’t have poultry shears, use a pair of kitchen scissors or a serrated knife.