March 31, 2011

Deconstructed Chicken Thigh

So - how do you feel about raw meat? I know a lot of people that can't stand raw meat - the touch, smell, general look of it... blah.


Times are a'changing. $ is tight. Chicken is not always this 'chipper' {tell me the movie} option; especially nice, clean cuts. And chicken thighs are honestly, awkward chicken parts- awkward to prepare, cook, eat, etc. but you can usually find them in bulk and on sale.

Follow these easy steps for de-boning chicken thighs:

  1. Use a sharp knife. A sharp knife makes this work move quickly and may save you a finger!

  2. Lay the thigh skin-side down, bone side up.

  3. Feeling where the bone lies - make an incision down the chicken along one side of the bone. Cut along the other side of the bone.

  4. Spread the meat apart to expose the thigh bone.

  5. Carefully work your knife under the middle of the bone. Cutting away from yourself - cut the bone off one direction. Turn thigh and cut other way.

  6. Removing final bits of the thigh bone and cartilage.

Once the bone is removed, thigh meat can easily be cut into strips, chunks, or stuffed and rolled. Or there's even a yummy one-skillet chicken parmesan recipe I'll be posting soon....

If buying thighs in bulk, it's a great idea to de-bone, then freeze. This will save you a lot of time on dinner or prep nights!

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the country cook said...

Great tutorial and smart idea!

Our Treasured Home said...

Excellent explanation! I have to admit it is something I don't like to do!

Anonymous said...

Father of the Bride! Father of the Bride! "I want the chipper chicken!"