How to Cut a Whole Chicken Chinese-Style
We’ll show you how to cut a whole Chinese chicken from beginning to end, with plenty of tips and photos, so you can confidently and quickly cut a whole chicken in the style of Chinese chefs, serve it on a beautiful plate, and keep all your fingers intact!
First-timers, Fear Not!
Anyone can cut Cantonese Poached Chicken (Bai Qie Ji or Bok Chit Gai), similar to how carving a Thanksgiving turkey is a coveted job, but anyone can do it with the right instruction!
How Do You Cut a Whole Chicken—Chinese-style?
Every piece of chicken should be easily grasped with chopsticks, and a sharp cleaver can cleanly cut through the bones. For special occasion dinners, the chicken head is placed on the plate, despite the fact that it is only “decorative” and not meant to be eaten.
Tips for Cutting a Whole Chicken
If you’re making Cantonese Poached Chicken, make sure it’s been brushed with a thin layer of oil to keep it from drying out, and then cut through the chicken to the bone, hitting the top of the cleaver with the ball of your hand.
Step 1: Remove the head and neck.
Before serving, remove the head of the chicken, which is decorative and symbolic but can be discarded if you prefer. Cut off the neck where it meets the body, and remove the head (if attached) to make room for the meat on the platter.
Step 2: Remove and trim the chicken feet.
If you have chicken feet lovers, trim off the nails and place them on the platter. Chinese elders love chicken feet, but if you don’t have any, save it for chicken stock.
Step 3: Split the chicken in half.
Cut the middle backbone lengthwise up through the neck to make three pieces; if you prefer, you can cut the backbone with sharp kitchen shears rather than a cleaver.
Step 4: Trim the neck, back bone, and tail pieces.
Some people, mostly older generations, enjoy nibbling on these bony pieces, and you can save them all for chicken stock instead of cooking with them.
Step 5: Separate the thighs and drumsticks.
With a meat cleaver, cut the drumsticks in half and the thighs into 1-inch pieces, then separate the drumstick and thigh by cutting through the cartilage at the joint. If you have a small family or young children, you may want to leave the drumsticks whole.
Step 5: Cut the wings.
Cut the chicken’s base at the joint where the drumette meets the body, then cut each wing into three pieces – flat, drumette, and wing tip – and place them on one side near the top of the plate where the head is.
Step 6: Cut the breast.
This is the process I’ve been using for years after years of family dinners, and with some careful practice (silver lining: lots of meals), you can master it too! Cut the chicken into three pieces: two halves and the backbone with the tail on one end and the neck on the other. If you have a small family, you can cut the chicken into two halves.
How do you treat chicken head wounds?
Keep the wound clean and dry while the bird recovers, using water, hydrogen peroxide, or Vetericyn Plus Poultry Care spray. For especially deep or very dirty wounds, I use a syringe filled with freshly mixed Dakin’s solution to flush and irrigate especially deep or very dirty wounds.
What happens if you cut off a chicken’s head?
The pressure of the axe triggers all the nerve endings in the chicken’s neck, causing a small burst of electricity to run down all the nerves leading back to the muscles, telling them to move, causing the chicken to flap its wings and run around u2013 even though it’s already dead.
Where do you slit a chicken’s throat?
Slit the artery in the chicken’s throat (which runs right behind the earlobe) with a sharp knife, allowing the blood to drain and the chicken to die u2013 this usually takes 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Can chicken feel pain?
Put yourself in the shoes (or feathers) of a battery hen u2014 or 452 million of them, as the number of eggs produced each year indicates.
What can you give a chicken for pain?
PAIN CONTROL An aspirin drinking water solution can be given to an injured chicken for a maximum of three days if there are no internal injuries, at a ratio of 5 aspirin tablets (total of 325 mg) to one gallon of water.
How do farmers kill chickens?
Chickens are killed in industrial slaughterhouses by being shackled and passed through an electrified water bath. This method can also be used for sheep, calves, and swine. The animal is asphyxiated with COsub>2/sub> gas before being killed. COsub>2/sub> stunning is mostly used on pigs in several countries.
How do you kill a chicken peacefully?
The 4 Most Humane Ways To Kill A Chicken In Your Backyard
- Use a gun or pellet gun. Another humane method is to use a gun (like a.
How do you put a chicken to sleep?
You can also hypnotize a chicken by holding it firmly and placing its head under its wing, then gently rocking it back and forth and carefully setting it on the ground. It should stay in the same position for about 30 seconds.
Does a chicken really run without head?
A headless chicken, like any person “running around like a chicken with its head cut off,” runs around erratically and without much thoughtu2014at least at first. L.A. Olson (wife of farmer Lloyd Olsen, according to Time), chopped the head off a chicken.
Can a chicken run around without a head?
Because the nervous system is necessary for body movement, animals with brains cannot move without it; as a result, if a chicken’s head is removed but the spinal cord and nervous system remain intact, the chicken can move around; however, without a brain, the chicken will soon stop moving and never move again.
How long does a chicken live after its head is cut off?
How long after killing a chicken can you eat it?
Don’t cook a freshly killed chicken on the day of death, especially if you killed it yourself; if you’re going to kill it yourself, remove its food 24 hours before slaughter, so its bowels are empty; you want to give the meat time to relax and the rigor mortis to fade away.