How to joint a chicken

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This step-by-step guide and video leads you through every stage of jointing a chicken, with simple instructions that will leave you with 6-8 portions of chicken, including two breasts, two wings and two thighs… It’s cheaper to buy a whole chicken and joint it yourself, plus you can freeze these portions and use them when you’re ready, so there’s no need to cook all the pieces in one go.

Nothing gets leftover using this simple method for jointing a chicken. Even the carcass and small bones can be used to make a delicious chicken stock that is much tastier, healthier and better than anything you can buy at the supermarket.

Just make sure you wash your hands before and after and store your chicken in the correct way, whether you’re going to wrap it and keep it in the fridge to use in a few days (before the use-by date expires) or wrapping it and freezing it ready to defrost thoroughly before you cook it. This is a fantastic skill to learn if you’re on a budget.

Ingredients

  • 1x whole chicken