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Old 09-05-2006, 06:42 AM   #1
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Wink How do you take the backbone out of a chicken?

How do you take the backbone out of a chicken ? I have tried, but all I get is a split bird ! Clueless !!

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Old 09-05-2006, 07:31 AM   #2
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There are alot of help sites if you google carving chicken. Are you looking for help before or after cooking the chicken.
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Old 09-05-2006, 08:21 AM   #3
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Get yourself a pair of poultry shears. Then you can snip, snip, snip up one side of the back and down the other. I do that whenever I'm butterflying the bird.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:07 AM   #4
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i cut straight down either side of the chicken backbone with a chefs knife while the chicken is sitting in the upright "sitting" position on the cutting board.... this is how i was taught in culinary school
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Thanks all, will try both ways next time I need that backbone out !!
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:13 AM   #6
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I use sharp "kitchen shears", as opposed to "poultry shears", to cut up raw poultry, including snipping out the backbone. I find them handier to work with on raw poultry & only use my poultry shears on cooked birds.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:06 AM   #7
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I use kitchen scissors. I just flip the chicken on it's breast and make two parallel cuts on either side of the backbone, close to it.

I have two pairs of kitchen scissors, an old Henckels pair and a newer Wusthof pair. It takes a little strength to cut through the bones. There are also poultry shears that look a bit more like garden shears and may make the job a little easier.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:09 AM   #8
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Cutting on both sides of the backbone as others have described is the method. What are you making?
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:22 AM   #9
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Saw Bobby Flay and R.R. both do a whole chicken w/brick on top- one on the grill and one on stop top. Just wanted to try it ! Thanks !
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