Lots of requests on how I cut up a chicken. This information is great for those that raise their own meat birds and are sick of serving it all as a baked chicken and also for those that want to purchase a whole chicken at the grocery store and cut it up themselves. It saves a bit of money to cut up a chicken yourself because you aren't paying for the processing.
I raised 20 Cornish x and butchered 10 of them today by hand. That means, hot water bathed them over a fire and hand plucked them. We mainly butchered the roosters that have gotten much larger (and are feed hoggers) than the hens. The meat was gorgeous. I kept two as whole birds to do baked chicken and the rest I cut up. The whole process: kill, water bath, pluck, gut, cut up took about 6 hours including setup. This is how they turned out! I am very impressed with the quality of meat.
whole chicken. Weighing out at 5.2 pounds. Nice size.
Drummies with skin on to keep them moist.
Tenderloins, perfect for little kids.
Wings! We love spicy wings with a cold beer. In fact, that's my reward :)
These breasts are beautiful.
Hearts and gizzards. Mr. Hunky loves himself some gizzards.
Thighs. I love the moist dark meat on chicken.
I cut all the scraps from the carcass to make chicken sausages.