How to Butterfly a Chicken Breast

Butterflying a chicken breast is a great technique for making a nice pocket to stuff the chicken breast or for reducing the size of the chicken breast allowing it to cook quicker.

Start with a long, sharp knife. I use a slicing knife.

Press your hand on the top of the breast and with a sweeping slicing motion begin to cut into the middle of the breast.

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Once you have a nice pocket, pull up on the top of the breast and keep slicing through. how-to-butterfly-chicken-breast (3 of 9)
Try to keep two equal halves of the chicken breast as you continue to slice. how-to-butterfly-chicken-breast (5 of 9)

If you want a butterflied breast do not cut all the way through. At the point shown to the right, open the breast like a book and you are ready to use.


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If you would like to make Paillards, (two thin halves), cut right down the middle to create 2 halves.

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That’s it, you’ve got a butterflied chicken breast! how-to-butterfly-chicken-breast (9 of 9)

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