Cutting Up a Whole Chicken

So, this weekend I had a first.  I cut up a whole chicken.  I know, some of you are probably rolling your eyes or chuckling at the thought of a 45-year-old cutting up a chicken for the first time.

Well, bless my mom’s heart, but cooking isn’t her passion.  She’s a beautiful lady and has a love for flower gardens and decorating and does both amazingly!

To give you an idea of how much it wasn’t her passion…I didn’t know you could make mashed potatoes out of a real potato until I met my husband.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I remember having Sunday dinner with his family for the first time and the mashed potatoes were lumpy.  I thought what on earth is wrong with these!  They weren’t a bad lumpy, but they weren’t smooth and creamy like my mom’s.  Our potatoes were flakes that came out of a box and you mixed them with milk or water.

When I got my first apartment and was experimenting with cooking, you should have seen me try to make mashed potatoes…. from a raw potato!  What, you have to cook it before you mash it up??  Hahaha!  Yeah, that didn’t work.  Good thing for the Betty Crocker Cookbook that I got at a bridal shower.  Ol’ Betty taught me a thing or two.

So, needless to say, growing up our chicken was about the same way.  Fried chicken came in a box from the freezer and you put it on a pan with aluminum foil and baked it.  I remember the first time I cooked a dish with fresh, raw chicken.  I pulled the skin off and wasn’t able to eat it afterwards.

I’ve come a long way in the kitchen!  I have learned a lot from watching my mother-in-law cook and thank goodness for the Food Network and YouTube!

We want to want to eventually raise chickens for meat.  I don’t know how I’ll be with butchering them, but I decided I need to practice on cutting them up.  Plus, it’s much easier on the pocket book to buy the whole chicken than to buy the packages of just breast meat.

I watched some videos on YouTube to learn how to do it.  Actually, the one that inspired me was from Guildbrook Farm – How to use a whole chicken.  You should definitely check out their channel.

I took my new found knowledge and dug in.  It wasn’t bad at all.

I cut through the skin at the leg joint and popped the leg out of the socket.  I thought that would be hard to do, not physically, but mentally.  But nope, I was just fine.

I struggled with the wings and cutting the thigh from the drumstick though.  I didn’t do those quite right.  I need to watch the videos again and keep practicing.

So, here’s my chicken all cut up.


I’ve saved the carcass and have it in the freezer.  I want to make my own chicken broth from it.

Do you have some good first time cooking stories?  I’d love to hear them.  Surely, I’m not alone in this. Hahaha!

7 thoughts on “Cutting Up a Whole Chicken

  1. quarteracrehome says:

    Well, my only story like that was from when I was a little kid. We had the Amelia Bedelia books as a kid and in those books there is a well-meaning but very mixed up housekeeper who does things incorrectly. In it she is baby sitting and told by instructions to mash a banana. So she takes a banana still in it’s peel and squishes it around a bunch and gives it to the baby (who makes an awful mess out of it as a result.)
    Well one time when I was six or seven, my mother asked me to mash a banana for a kid she was babysitting. So of course I used the only reference I had for mashing bananas, which was the book I had read of the lady doing everything obviously the wrong way. My mom came into the kitchen only to see me squishing a banana in it’s peel like I’d seen in the book.

    I was laughed at for a week by my whole family for deliberately imitating a book about someone who does everything the wrong way.
    I also learned how to mash a banana. And rest assured, I have never, ever, once forgotten.

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  2. Mrs. Miller says:

    I just stumbled across you blog and it’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one who has never cut up a whole chicken. I’m almost 40. I’ll be checking out the YouTube channel you recommend as well.

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