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How to Debone a Chicken Breast

Happily, the process for boning a chicken breast is a very simple one: you'll master the method in no time at all!

1. The breast might have cartilage, bone, and tendons remaining from the original removal of the breast from the whole chicken.

    2. Remove the entire wing from the breast, being careful to leave as much meat as possible on the breast portion. We like to remove the wing tips (as shown in the photo), saving the tips for stock, and using the wings in another recipe.

    3. 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.

    Reserve the bones for making stock (keep them in the freezer in a zipper bag until you're ready to use them) or discard them.

      4. 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.

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      Jul. 18, 2009 7:17 am
      I think that the pictures are helpful, but they could be bigger, maybe video also to make the procedure more visible. Thank you.
      Jul. 18, 2009 10:54 am
      I agree with you Linda. The pictures need to be bigger!
      Jul. 24, 2009 2:01 pm
      A step-by-step video would be nice.
      Jul. 29, 2009 12:06 pm
      I want the video to show them pulling the bones from the breast...
      Jul. 31, 2009 10:14 am
      that looks good!!
      Aug. 10, 2009 10:23 am
      I agree I think that a video would be very helpful, after all seeing someone do it is much more helpful than just looking at pictures. Its kind of like hands on.
      cheska garcia 
      Aug. 10, 2009 7:31 pm
      it would be much better if u provide a video on how to debone a chix...
      Aug. 14, 2009 5:58 pm
      Thanks for the recipe ideas! Definitely added some flavor to a basic topic.
      Aug. 19, 2009 4:40 pm
      you can always go to youtube to find a video until allrecipes puts one up.
      Aug. 26, 2009 8:37 am
      Not helpful at all for even the beginners in the crowd. Pictures were not helpful. Comments were not helpful. Pull it and re do it. You would be sent home in Hells Kitchen!!
      Aug. 27, 2009 6:39 am
      Bring on some video. These instructions & pics are near useless
      Sep. 11, 2009 7:51 pm
      this is useful in teaching culinary subjects for hrm srudents
      Sep. 25, 2009 12:40 pm
      I too would have preferred a video. Thank you!
      Sep. 29, 2009 12:17 pm
      Hey folks - this is not "rocket surgery" :-) ... it's basically a matter of shoving your fingertips between the breastmeat and the rib cage and separating it manually (takes maybe 15 seconds at the most after a bit of practice) - a few little cuts with a boning knife will finish separating the meat&skin from the breastbones ... it's harder to describe and picture than it is to actually do ...
      Oct. 4, 2009 7:03 am
      yes me the video
      Oct. 4, 2009 8:47 am
      How do you remove the rib bones?
      Nov. 9, 2009 8:09 am
      also need video showing the whole breast being pulled away from bone,I tried it but didn't get it off in one piece, and couldn't get it all off
      Nov. 29, 2009 10:40 am
      Dec. 7, 2009 3:12 pm
      VIDEO PLEASE!!!!
      Jan. 4, 2010 5:24 pm
      Yup. From a newb perspective, this wasn't helpful at all! Love the site, but this was disappointing. A video is needed here.
      Jan. 28, 2010 2:57 pm
      I echo what Mary said at Jan 13. 2010 @ 10:54 am
      Feb. 7, 2010 12:29 am
      I agree with Mary and Rocky4JC.
      Feb. 12, 2010 7:51 am
      As a poultry person for years this is not all that accurate...there are many ways....I suggest this..take the skin off as desired...(just rip it off do NOT CUT IT..take a dry cloth grab it and PULL from the top to the bottom)....first a whole chicken breast will have the huge bone in the center that needs to be the breast underside up (bones in center skin side down) and NICK the back of the cartalige of the big bone in the breast....take the breast and physically break the bone free from the meat that surrounds it...taking your fingers on both sides of the big bone will allow you to free the grab the bone and pull it from its start at the big side of the bone and strip it down to the small cartilage tipped end...throw this part away! with the breast still bone side UP (skin down) locate the free bones in the back of the breast and cut them out by following along the bone as close as possible with a knife and discard them. Now you should have two bones all
      Feb. 12, 2010 8:01 am
      the video is ok but wastes a TON of meat....she is keeping them for stock because she would be mad as heck if she did NOT...all the meats she leaves behind would make a person want to find something to do with it....I wills ee about a video as I do them let you see if you like the way I take ALL the meat off of the breast leaving some you can make stock with but not enough chicken is left behind that you will make soup with meat from the bones...stock yes but not hearty soup with meat unless you add more meat!
      Feb. 27, 2010 10:00 am
      I agree that the pics are small and a video would help. N3OST sounds like your version would be great if we could see how you do the deboning and to Zap rocket surgery That I would like to see, do they take the rocket to the or a your nearest hospital.
      Feb. 28, 2010 11:00 pm
      wow, it sounds fantastic but a video will pass the point across more clearly.
      Feb. 28, 2010 11:04 pm
      wow, that sounds fantastic but a video will drive the point home more safely.
      Mar. 11, 2010 1:10 pm
      video would be the way to go...
      Audrey Pruvost 
      Mar. 31, 2010 7:26 am
      The pictures need to be larger with step by step detail on a video please!
      Apr. 3, 2010 11:17 pm
      I hope it should be in video and the pictures are very small.
      Apr. 13, 2010 9:51 am
      apparently, these comments fall on deaf ears. No video with over eight months of suggestions.
      Apr. 15, 2010 7:47 am
      Thank You For Letting Me See This. Now I've Learned Something New And Simple. We Can Save More Money At The Grocery Store.
      Apr. 16, 2010 2:24 pm
      not happy can not print these recipe,s our they are to long to print
      May 5, 2010 12:14 pm
      Definitely needs video for reference.
      May 6, 2010 10:33 am
      Why is the title "deboning" but the process is "boning" a chicken. hehehehe -- not sure if that means taking the bones out, or putting them back in ;-)
      Jun. 3, 2010 1:22 pm
      If anybody that has been cooking long couldnot figure how to debone anything, a video, even classes would not do them anygood!! I was raised on a ranch and we learned how to do this stuff or go hungry!
      Linda M 
      Jun. 9, 2010 8:06 pm
      To munchies61, I think the point is the people asking for help have not been cooking long and therefore the question. You may have learned this on the ranch but my guess is there are are few things you haven't learned, like consideration for others.
      Jun. 24, 2010 3:22 pm
      Yes, please make a video for us. Thanks.
      Jul. 26, 2010 12:22 pm
      I love too cook but bad at it i NEED HELP
      Jul. 27, 2010 5:52 pm
      we kneed to know when the video will be available. Until then, I will just buy it with all deboning done.
      Aug. 3, 2010 4:56 pm
      Did not work for me. Need video. And like tearing it off by hand but that needs a video also. I will have to keep buying it already prepared for me. Cost more but no headaches.
      Oct. 12, 2010 9:28 am
      I hope this helps if your not real familiar with cutting up a chicken. check out the video
      William Becker 
      Oct. 22, 2010 11:52 am
      I agree with Linda!!
      Nov. 7, 2010 7:34 pm
      Simple process made complicated. Use your fingers to do it all.
      Dec. 9, 2010 7:01 am
      Life is to short to waste time deboning there are people who make a living doing this their called butchers.Then with all the extra time you have becauce you don,t have to debone you can spend more time with the ones you love.
      Dec. 26, 2010 7:23 pm
      Jan. 6, 2011 10:03 pm
      I recently graduated from Culinary school and we spent a lot of time trying to nail this one down. It would be very helpful if you cooks out there could send in suggestions on how to debone a chicken breast without destroying the tenderloin portion. That is a challenge, and the method used at the school was very confusing. The rest of it was a piece of cake. Try de-skinning a whole bird and using the skin to wrap ground chicken and vegies, then brown in a skillet then pan roast in the oven. Butter down the inside of the skin first and add some seasonings and herbs before you wrap the forcemeat. It was one of my best offerings to my chef.
      Mar. 23, 2011 8:02 pm
      yes a step by step video would be great seeing i get lost going around the block .
      May 23, 2011 9:40 am
      Video would be nice like hands on.
      May 28, 2011 5:45 am
      A video would be most helpful.
      Aug. 13, 2011 12:33 am's great to be back again. i really missed the emails. and now i've lost all my yummy recipes i have to start all over. With the exception I'm copying them down with pen and paper. lol! I'm in the mood for fried chijcken from the skillet.
      Sep. 18, 2011 12:44 pm
      I found it easier to 'debone' a chicken breast by putting them in the freezer for about 20-30minutes first then just doing it by hand. Slide your hand between the bone and the meat. you may need a sharp knife for tough spots.
      Sep. 26, 2011 11:11 am
      Go "tools & tips" "cooking Videos" then "all Videos" 2nd video is very helpful. :)
      Oct. 25, 2011 4:01 pm
      Hi everyone, I did a search on youtube and found this! I hope it helps. It was posted by AllrecipesTV
      Oct. 25, 2011 4:06 pm
      Hi, everyone. Here is video I found on youtube for deboning a chicken breast:
      Nov. 4, 2011 8:32 pm
      Pictures are to small maybe it would work better in a video
      Nov. 29, 2011 3:09 pm
      I usually find deboning challenging to put it mildly. The breast meat is difficult to manuver around, would taking the wish bone out help? Mrs.gee
      Jan. 16, 2012 1:43 pm
      i agree with everyone a video large enough for us to see would really be helpful.
      Mar. 20, 2012 7:01 pm
      Please release a video on this subject along with the others that are trying to explain deboneing methods!!!!
      Mar. 24, 2012 8:24 am
      the video is on youtube already
      Mar. 24, 2012 8:24 am
      Mar. 24, 2012 8:25 am
      Apr. 28, 2012 10:08 am
      Love this article! I'm glad to see there's a video available as well.
      Jun. 19, 2012 7:00 am
      Much easier to debone partly-thawed chicken, or mostly-thawed chicken
      Aug. 28, 2012 7:42 pm
      To make the images larger, simply go to 'File", 'Page Setup' in your print queue, select '125%' (or whatever size adjustment you want to make), then go back to 'File", then 'Print'. It will enlarge the overall print, making it easier to view.
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