Everyone Can Break Down a Whole Chicken in Their Kitchen

This class on the Food Network Kitchen app will show you how!

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There are cooking techniques I use on a nearly daily basis in my kitchen. Boiling pasta, scrambling eggs, frying up chicken cutlets. The basics. Not happening in my kitchen, like, ever? Breaking down a whole chicken. That is, until now.

In the past, like most people, I would buy my chicken in pre-cut pieces. If a recipe called for a mix of thighs, wings and breasts, I would buy pound-sized packages of each and freeze whatever I didn't use. Buying a whole chicken to break down into pieces seemed daunting and complicated; something reserved for professional chefs.

But that's the thing about those chefs — especially Food Network's family of chefs — they make great teachers. While tuning into Alex Guarnaschelli's Sweet-and-Sour Chicken class on the Food Network Kitchen app, I watched her walk through the steps to break down a whole chicken start-to-finish, and it wasn't nearly as complicated as I had originally thought.

Alex's explanations and attention to detail and prescision make you feel like you've left your home kitchen and landed yourself in culinary school. From the first cut to remove the thighs to the final removal of the breast meat, Alex is with you every step of the way. I highly recommend hooking up your app to an Alexa voice device so you can pause, rewind and restart at any point during the process without walking away from your bird.

Take Alex's advice, "Do not be daunted by this. Just take it nice and slow."

By the time you're done, you'll have 10 pieces of perfectly cut chicken ready for making Sweet-and-Sour Chicken or something else entirely. Seriously, you just broke down a whole chicken in your own kitchen. You can basically do anything.

For even more tips and tricks to help you cook more like a professional chef, check out the all-new Food Network Kitchen app. You'll learn how to break down a chicken from Alex, and so much more.

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