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Video:How to Butterfly a Chicken

with Roblé Ali

Learn how to prepare a chicken for roasting or barbecuing with this simple butterfly technique.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Butterfly a Chicken

Hi, I’m Roblé for About.com. Today I’m going to show you how to butterfly a chicken to make it roast or barbecue ready. Here we go.

What You Need to Butterfly a Chicken

This is your typical grocery store chicken. A roaster or a fryer. It weighs between 2 1/2 and 4 pounds. This is perfect for butterflying. You will also need a boning knife and a pair of kitchen shears.

Split the Chicken in Half

The first thing we are going to do is to take this chicken and flip it over. We are going to take our kitchen shears and cut right back down the right-hand side of the spine or rib cage. Very easily, these bones are very thin you can cut right through with the sheers. Straight down to the bottom. That is one side. Now, we will do the other. Removing the backbone and most of the ribs. So, we split the chicken in half.

Pull Out the Chicken Keel Bone

You could just pull out right here between the shoulders but what I like to do is to remove the keel bone right here. The way that you do that is right here in the middle. You see that piece of gristle right? You just want to cut right through that piece of gristle with your boning knife. I cut right through that piece of gristle. Do you see how that split it? Now I’m just going to pull outward. Do you see that bone popping up here? This is the keel bone and you can just grab it with your fingers and it will pull right out. There it is. I didn’t get the whole thing. There is a little bit more in here. I will work it out of there with my fingers and there is. There is the keel bone. This is the whole keel bone that I just pulled out.

The chicken is now butterflied. We just want to go around and cut off any excess fat. Up here at the top. Here you have butterflied chicken. It’s ready to be seasoned and go on the grill. You can go in the oven. You can roast it. Very nice.

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