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Method: Breaking Down a Whole Chicken

Gordon Ramsay

Lesson time 9:00 min

Butchery 101. Learn how to get every ounce of goodness from a chicken by breaking it down into parts.

Gordon Ramsay
Teaches Cooking I
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Delicious and easy to prepare. Lots of flavor and texture with simple vegetables.

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Gina M.

I liked this lesson, but I would have appreciated Gordon showing us how he removes the oysters. I learned to remove them when parting the legs and thighs and get them at the same time. But I'm not thrilled with that process because I don't always get the entire oyster - which is such a waste.

David N.

Easier than when I've "broken down" a chicken before. seems so simple and obvious once you know.

Lauren C.

Woohoo I did it! I'm wondering what that yellowish tinge is on his chicken and some of the photos people have posted. I've never seen that on a chicken here in Australia. Can anyone tell me what that is?

Jake R.

Disappointed by the lack of content in the workbook provided. No diagrams, no real additional information on how to do things like remove the oysters or how to make a nice stock. The links are frustrating because everytime they take you away from the masterclass site it reminds me that I didn't need to pay for this extra knowledge. Videos overall are great but lacking that extra something that would make the course really a lesson and not just a video tutorial.

Courtney W.

So I JUST BROKE DOWN MY FIRST CHICKEN !!!! I messed up a bit on one of the thighs took off bit too much and had to cut through bone, but I learned like he said ,,,, and the second came off easy. I am currently cooking the carcass for stock to make my pan sauce for the next recipe and I am having a blast. Anyone else in love with this master class?

Logs D.

Love the emphasis on using the whole chicken and making a stock from the carcass.


You serve someone half a chicken breast as a portion? Or a single drumstick? We're talking appetizers here, right?

Arjun M.

Delicious!! Couldn’t find white truffle easily available.. what’s the best way to obtain it in California?


I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to learn more about stocks/soups/sauces from you Gordon...time for a third Masterclass perhaps...???

A fellow student

I look forward to breaking my first whole chicken down and making some incredible soup!