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How to Debone a Chicken Thigh

Removing the bone from chicken thighs is a quick and easy process. It's also an excellent way to cut down on cooking time.

1. Use a standard, sharp kitchen knife to slice through the joint where the thigh and drumstick meet. The cartilage at this joint is extremely soft, so your knife should feel little resistance.

    2. The leg has now been split into thigh and drumstick pieces. The drumstick can be boned using the exact same method as boning the thigh.

      3. Make an incision along the top of the bone. Deepen the incision by slicing into the thigh until your knife reaches bone. The bone will be visible through the incision: it will be white and very firm.

        4. Grasp the now partially disconnected bone and pull it up and away from the thigh so you can slice underneath the remaining bone. You will feel the bone begin to loosen from the thigh. Make the necessary cuts to remove the bone completely from the thigh.

          5. Slice the meat away from the bone by making several short cuts with your knife. As the meat comes free, use your fingers to pull it clear of the bone.

            6. Continue slicing until you have removed any unwanted bits of bone, sinew, tendons, and skin (if desired). The thigh is now ready to be used in your favorite chicken recipes.

            Comments
            gabbyde99 
            Sep. 1, 2009 11:43 am
            If you want the chiken for the grill dont cut apart the thigh from drumstick. I like mi chicken light so as Im taking the bone out I also take the fat off.
             
            Sep. 14, 2009 7:00 pm
            This doesn't look so hard. What was I so afraid of??? :-)
             
            Zap 
            Sep. 29, 2009 12:02 pm
            Easy peazy! Simplest boning of any chicken piece! And in my humble opinion, it's the best tasting piece of the bird ... the indivually, prefrozen, boneless and skinless bags of thighs that Safeway sells are awesomely convenient to utilize and are easily stored in the freezer ...
             
            Zap 
            Sep. 29, 2009 12:02 pm
            (uh, I meant "individually"!)
             
            Oct. 23, 2009 12:05 am
            I finally decided to learn to bone my own thighs a couple months ago, because I love boneless thighs, but HATE paying the price. Turns out, it's not so hard, and if you buy a bunch of them, you can IQF them, and the bones are great for making homemade chicken stock, saving even more money!
             
            Nov. 12, 2009 6:54 am
            Got a GREAT deal on chicken thighs yesterday and froze them in family size bags, wish I saw this last night! (.69 a #) Oh well!
             
            Virginia Robins 
            Nov. 18, 2009 2:51 pm
            Recipe for chicken stuffing
             
            Jan. 12, 2010 8:49 am
            Great! Boneless thighs are so expensive, it looks easy to do, so I will definitely try to do this. Thank you.
             
            emmaco 
            Jan. 26, 2010 5:10 pm
            can u show how to debone a whole chicken?
             
            Norma 
            Feb. 18, 2010 10:04 pm
            This is brilliant. I've never known how to cut up a whole chicken! I want to rush out now and cut up a chicken!
             
            arbill11 
            Feb. 24, 2010 8:30 am
            great taste,great info.and great site.
             
            Overmedium 
            Mar. 3, 2010 2:06 pm
            your mums never showed you how to debone chicken?? it's very do-able, I recommend watching the vid for deboning a chicken breast-it is also very easy, you will never again have to pay the 'extra' for boneless chicken breasts again !! and as Mike B. said, save the bones for chicken stock--more bang for your cluck, er, buck--*smiles*
             
            Lazy_E 
            Mar. 6, 2010 9:39 am
            My only problem with thighs..and I am a dark meat eater and get the thigh when I eat chicken...is how do you get the vein out that runs along the bone? It has blood in it and and turns the middle pink and unappetizing, I think. y parents owned a grocery back in the 60's when I was a teen ager and learned then how to cut up a chicken but it was not like this! I like this.
             
            Diana Hutchinson 
            Mar. 31, 2010 4:47 pm
            It sounds easy and have to print this out. Thank you
             
            Apr. 15, 2010 7:56 am
            Now I've Learned More, When It Comes To Deboning. I Would Like The Computer To Be In The Kitchen, So I Can Follow It Better, While I'm Doing It, Instead Of Taking Notes And Loosing Them. I Really Appreciate Your Information.
             
            Jun. 19, 2010 6:17 am
            very helpful. thanks
             
            Aug. 23, 2010 8:02 pm
            For anyone else, Youtube is packed with these videos!
             
            Nov. 11, 2010 2:03 am
            wow its hard for me
             
            The best of john 
            Dec. 14, 2010 10:31 am
            well linda G xmas is coming ask hubby claus for laptop works great in the kitchen..lol
             
            LoveCook 
            Jan. 12, 2011 9:03 am
            I choked on a chicken bone when I was 7; because of that, I never made bone-in chicken for my children. I had to figure it out for myself 40 years ago, but you've made it so simple and easy. To this day, my daughter won't eat 'chicken on a bone'...however my son will eat anything. lol
             
            neki 
            Jan. 23, 2011 6:16 am
            thank you for the vauable information.now its up to me to fix the chicken dinner tonight.
             
            Aug. 21, 2011 6:20 am
            For safety and ease, make the knife as sharp as possible FIRST. You then can control the cutting easier and safer. IF you do cut your finger, save blood in small bowl, add 1 tsp of flour, pinch of salt & pepper.....!
             
            alina 
            Aug. 23, 2011 1:22 am
            Easy peazy! Simplest boning of any chicken piece! And in my humble opinion, it's the best tasting piece of the bird ... the indivually, prefrozen, boneless and skinless bags of thighs that Safeway sells are awesomely convenient to utilize and are easily stored in the freezer ...
             
            Sep. 8, 2011 5:11 pm
            Wow thanks for the money saving tip! Now I can do it myself at home. I just went to the gocery store today and 1 pack of bone in thighs was priced at 3.36 for a pack of four and 4.58 for a back of boneless thighs.
             
            Sep. 8, 2011 5:11 pm
            Wow thanks for the money saving tip! Now I can do it myself at home. I just went to the gocery store today and 1 pack of bone in thighs was priced at 3.36 for a pack of four and 4.58 for a back of boneless thighs.
             
            Sep. 18, 2011 12:45 pm
            NEED BIGGER PICTURES!! OR VIDEO!
             
            alesia75 
            Oct. 4, 2011 7:24 am
            this is easier then i thought
             
            Nov. 9, 2011 6:43 pm
            I like to place the boneless thighs in a cupcake pan pressed down tight. Cover and put in freezer for half hour. Makes a nice looking patty for the grill cooks evenly and saves space.
             
            bettycracker 
            Jan. 29, 2012 12:17 pm
            FYI. To get a better grasp on the chicken, put the thigh in the freezer for 30 minutes or so to firm it up. This way your chicken is not slipping around every where while cutting.
             
            Tgr2nt12 
            Jan. 30, 2012 7:03 pm
            This is awesome! Usually I find that chicken quarter are much cheaper. I love the fact that I can get this info on this site ...newbie in the kitchen...Thanks Bunches!!!
             
            Sophy 
            Mar. 24, 2012 1:05 am
            Looks easy enough, think I'll give it a try
             
            nomnomnom 
            May 6, 2012 11:12 am
            I did this for the first time every today. It went well but I found it easier to use kitchen shears instead of a knife. I followed the advise of a previous poster and put the thighs in the freezer for half an hour. It truly makes the chicken easier to handle - it was a lot less slippery/slimy
             
            Jun. 12, 2012 2:30 pm
            Need bigger pictures.
             
            Oct. 6, 2012 10:08 am
            buying already deboned meat they say is convieniant, well its not so convieniant when it comes to the wallet. we have deboned chicken for some time now.love the way things are getting back to the way people used to do things.
             
             
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