The best recipes

How to debone a chicken breast

How to debone a chicken breast

Chicken breast fillets are the most expensive cut of chicken in the supermarket. By learning to debone your own chicken breasts, you'll be saving money without a lot of effort.

The process for removing the bone from a chicken breast is a very simple one: you'll master the method in no time at all.


Remove the entire wing from the breast, being careful to leave as much meat as possible on the breast portion. Remove the wing tips saving the tips for stock (or for your cat) and use the wings in another recipe.


Next, separate the meat from the ribs. With the breast skin-side up, start at the breastbone and use your knife to make a cut along the length of the bone. Make short, scraping cuts very close to the ribs, while gently pulling the meat away with your other hand. Continue to cut with your knife close to the bone, and remember, never cut towards your fingers.


Keep the bones if you intend to make stock with them (they will keep in the freezer in a ziplock bag) or discard them.


Remove as much skin from the breast as you would like. Keep in mind a skinless breast contains less fat than a breast with skin intact. However, a skinless breast will require a small amount of added fat to sear or fry it nicely. You can cut the chicken breast into small chunks to add to a stir fry, cut it into strips, or leave the chicken breast whole to be fried, barbequed, or seared.

Watch the video: How to debone a split chicken breast (December 2021).