Supermarket chicken comes pumped up with water, stabilizers, antibiotics and god knows what else. It also comes cheap, and sometimes with the bones magically removed. This bone issue is one I hadn’t really thought through.
Happily, the internet is filled with instructional videos:
And you know what? It’s not that hard. Even with an Ikea paring knife. Cutting the meat away is a breeze, and when you get the bones mostly out, you pull them up in a sort of V shape – I liked to think the chicken was telling me victory was almost at hand. Then all you have to do is cut the joint away from the meat, which is a bit of a pain.
I even saved the bones to make a stock. I’m learning!