How to butterfly a chicken

Step by step instructions on how to butterfly a chicken.
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1 Chicken:

  • Remove giblets and any internal fat.
  • Wash and dry chicken well.
  • Place chicken on a board breast side down.
  • Using a sharp knife, insert the tip of the knife, to the left of the parson’s nose. Cut along the side of the back bone, cutting into the cavity.
  • Repeat the above step on the right side of the parson’s nose.
  • Remove back bone.
  • Turn chicken over breast side up.
  • With the heel of your hands press down onto the breast until it lays fairly flat.
  • Spread out the legs and wings.


Butterfly a chicken when you want to marinate. The marinade coats the chicken easier, covering more of the surface area. It is also a great way to barbecue chicken. Place the chicken straight on the grill on a medium low heat. Alternatively, it can sit in a baking tray.

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