It turns out people don’t like to buy whole chickens, most believing that it is too difficult to break down. When in reality, breaking down a whole chicken is actually quite straight forward.

Buying a whole chicken and cutting it into portions is not only easier than you might think, it will also; save you money, give you bones to use for stocks and sauces and make you feel like a butchery boss when it is all over.

First and foremost before you start breaking down a chicken make sure to get yourself a good, sharp boning knife, there is nothing more difficult than trying to break down a chicken with a dull, blunt knife.

It doesn’t have to be super expensive, it just has to be good quality and easy to keep sharp. If you are just staring out and want an affordable, good quality knife; I would recommend the Victorinox Boning Knife.

It’s the perfect place to start before you start investing the mega-bucks into your knife set. To get the most out of your knife: hone it on a steel before, during, and after use, to keep it razor sharp.

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— Al Brady