HOW-TO: BUTTERFLY A CHICKEN

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You want to know how-to butterfly a chicken?! That sounds a little naughty, doesn't it. It's far from it. The only thing that is naughty is you not trying this technique. All it takes is a few minutes of your time. This is one of my favorite ways to serve chicken. This is a butterflied chicken with spices. And I'm here to show you how to butterfly a whole chicken.

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First, you need a good pair of kitchen shears. This is Wusthof Come-Apart Kitchen Shears.

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Grab your chicken. I don't rinse raw chicken before cooking it, I handle it as is. There's a greater chance of spreading bacteria when you do rinse it. As matter of fact, the USDA advises against this practice of rinsing raw chicken or meat prior to cooking.

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Cut off anything that doesn't look right, like this piece of string. Place the chicken, breast side down, tail towards you.

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Don't be scared. Start at one side of the tail. Put a little muscle into it.

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Cut through the skin, meat and bones to the neck end.

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Repeat on the other side of the tail.

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Keep going. Continue to cut through to the neck end. You're almost done.

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Remove the backbone and save it for stock or something.

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Turn the chicken over. Lay it out flat. Press down on the breast with the heel of your hand to flatten it.

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And there you have it, butterflied chicken! Wasn't that easy? Give yourself a pat on the back. Wash your hands first!

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