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How To Cut Up A Whole Chicken

How To Cut Up A Whole Chicken. 

We are often asked questions about how to cut up a whole chicken. A whole chicken is one of the most economical ways to purchase chicken. They are versatile when roasted whole or cut up and used in many different recipes including on the BBQ. They also leave you with lots of great bones for making stock. However, many of our customers have never cut up a whole chicken. We have noticed an increase in the number of people asking this question and so we thought we would post the links to two videos. The first gives you step by step instructions on how to cut up a chicken. The second video shows  how to debone a chicken breast so that you end up with boneless skinless chicken breasts.

These videos are great step by step instructions, however we also have a few suggestions.

  • Make sure that your knife is sharp. While you can cut up a chicken with a dull knife a sharp knife makes the process much easier.
  • Always make sure that use a clean surface to cut up the chicken and after you cut your chicken that you wash everything you used with soap and water.
  • Once you have cut up the chicken and are ready to make stock, we would recommend that you roast the chicken bones in the oven until they are lightly golden brown. We prefer the stock made with roasted bones as we find it has a richer flavor then un-roasted bones.
  • We would also not recommend freezing the chicken parts you have cut up but are not going to use in tinfoil or aluminum foil like they do in the second video. Tinfoil will not prevent air from getting to the chicken while in the freezer and this will result in freezer burn. We would recommend putting the chicken in a plastic bag and then squeezing or sucking out as much of the air as possible. This will help your chicken pieces last longer in the freezer.

Want to try cutting up a whole chicken? Our fresh Certified Organic and BC SPCA Humane Certified whole chickens are available at all of our own locations:

  • Avenida Food Hall and Fresh Market in Calgary. Open 11am to 8pm Thursday to Sunday.
  • Old Strathcona Farmers Market in Edmonton. Open every Saturday from 8am to 3pm.
  • Our Meat Shop on Whyte Ave in Edmonton (located within the Blush Lane Store). Open Sunday to Friday 9am to 9pm and Saturdays 8am to 9pm.
  • The Planet Organics in Edmonton.
  • Vinesations in Camrose Open Monday to Friday 10am -6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

For a complete list of all of our own locations as well as stores that sell or products please visit WHERE TO BUY OUR PRODUCTS


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