Learning how to butterfly chicken breasts

Learn how to butterfly chicken breasts

Learning how to butterfly chicken breasts
Learning how to butterfly chicken breasts

HealthyFoodRecipe - There are a few techniques that every home cook should master in order to make spot-on chicken dinners. Learning how to carve a chicken is critical and learning how to spatchcock is helpful, too. But many classic recipes like chicken cordon blue, herb-stuffed chicken, oven baked chicken breast and lasagna stuffed chicken breast rely on one skill to get them just right: butterflying a chicken breast. It might seem tricky, but we’ll break it down for you!

When Should You Butterfly Chicken

Learning how to butterfly chicken breasts

The purpose of butterflying a boneless chicken breast is to create a cut that’s thin and even. This is to make frying the chicken a bit quicker—like with chicken piccata. Other times you need the chicken breast nice and thin so you can stuff it with great ingredients and bake it off, like with that classic cordon blue.

Learning how to butterfly chicken breasts

How to Butterfly a Chicken Breast

Butterflying is a really useful technique to create a uniform thickness throughout a piece of meat, so that it will cook more quickly and evenly. Here we’ve used chicken, but for larger cuts, such as lamb or pork, make similar incisions along the joint to open it up into one flat piece. You can use this basic three-step technique for other meats, such as lamb or pork.

And the step is here:
  1. Put your chicken breast on a chopping board and, with your hand flat on top of it, use a sharp knife to slice into one side of the breast, starting at the thicker end and ending at the thin point.
  2. Be careful not to cut all the way through to the other side.
  3. Slice horizontally into the chicken, dividing it half.
  4. Stop about a half-inch from the opposite side.
  5. Open out the breast so that it resembles a butterfly.
  6. When done, you should be able to open up the chicken so it lies flat.
  7. To get the thickness more even, cover with plastic wrap and use the flat side of a meat mallet to flatten to the desired thickness.
  8. Once you master this technique, test out our new skill with chicken breast recipes that will make dinner amazing.

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