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How To Cut Chicken Wings

The grocery store only sells the WHOLE wing but you need the individual pieces. What to do? It’s no problem when you know how to cut chicken wings!

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Whole Chicken Wings

Delicious Tangy Chicken Wings, Cooked to perfection is what you want. You love the flats and your partner loves the drummies, it’s a perfect match.

The problem? The store only sells WHOLE CHICKEN WINGS! It’s a problem!

Only a problem if you don’t know how to cut chicken wings for cooking. You CAN cook the entire wing in once piece but that gets awkward when eating them.

Here’s What You’ll Need

ingredients on table
  • Cutting Board
  • SHARP knife
  • Chicken wings

Here’s How To Do It

ingredients on cutting board

Method #1

  1. Spread the wing out and remove the pointed end first. (If you are new to this, then use method #2).
  2. Locate the bump at the middle joint and then cut beside the bump on the side of the drummie.
  3. Separate each piece and cut the next one!

Method #2

  1. Starting with the pointy end, move the joint backwards until it pops. You will then note that the joint is loose. Cut through the loose spot.
  2. At the middle joint, move it back wards until it pops. Again this will leave a loose spot. Cut through the middle.
how to cut chicken wings

Tips and Tricks

  • Dry the wings well before attempting. The wings are slippery and you don’t want to slip while cutting.
  • Make sure that you have a very sharp knife. A heavier knife works best and that is why you see me using a cleaver in these photos. You do not need a cleaver, just a heavier knife or you will be using muscle power.
  • Cut at an angle and this will help guide the knife through the joint.
  • If you are new to cutting chicken wings, you’ll want to move the joint backwards until it pops first and then cut the joint. This helps you to locate the correct spot to cut.
  • Don’t try to give the wing a whack with the knife at the right place. You will miss the spot and hack your chicken wing all to heck before you get it apart.
  • Everything you wanted to know about chicken wings but were afraid to ask can be found here: Chicken wings USDA

PRO TIP: Don’t throw the tips away! Use them to make broth! Either save them in the freezer until you are ready to make broth or go ahead and put them on to simmer away while you are doing all that you need to do for dinner.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What part of the wing do you cut off?

Most people cut off the pointy end and discard it. But don’t throw it out. Use it to make broth/stock with.

Do You Have to Cut Chicken Wings Before Cooking?

No, you can cook them whole but this does make it awkward for eating them.

Do You Have To Take the Skin Off Of Chicken Wings before Cooking?

No, most people do not remove the skin of the wing before cooking.

What is a Boneless Chicken Wing?

Usually this is a cut of the breast meat or the tenderloin.

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How To Cut Chicken Wings

The grocery store only sells the WHOLE wing but you need the individual pieces. What to do? It's no problem when you know how to cut chicken wings! Learn How to Cut the Chicken wings into the drummette (drummie) and the flat.
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cut chicken wings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 7kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 12 whole chicken wings (3 section, entire wing)

Instructions

  • Remove the chicken from the store package and set out onto the cutting board.
  • Open one chicken wing up and locate the thin pointy end of the chicken wing. We will remove this part. Move the wing at the joint. Feel for the bump in the joint.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the joint just above (towards the largest end) that bump. If you are unsure where to cut, move the joint backwards until you hear a "pop". This will loosen the joint sufficiently so that your knife will glide directly through the correct place in the joint.
  • Repeat this same procedure for the middle joint. Locate the bump. Cut just beside the bump towards the largest end of the wing. If unable to locate, move the joint backwards until you hear a pop, then wiggle the joint again and use a knife to cut directly through the loosened place.

Notes

  • Dry the wings well before attempting. The wings are slippery and you don’t want to slip while cutting.
  • Make sure that you have a very sharp knife. A heavier knife works best and that is why you see me using a cleaver in these photos. You do not need a cleaver, just a heavier knife or you will be using muscle power.
  • Cut at an angle and this will help guide the knife through the joint.
  • If you are new to cutting chicken wings, you’ll want to move the joint backwards until it pops first and then cut the joint. This helps you to locate the correct spot to cut.
  • Don’t try to give the wing a whack with the knife at the right place. You will miss the spot and hack your chicken wing all to heck before you get it apart.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How To Cut Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 5mg0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This morning at the sunrise service, the minister recited the beginning of John 14. We have heard and read it many times. That said, I love where Jesus tells us you know the way.

The disciples say, “How could we know the way, we have never been”.

(I can always imagine Jesus saying, “No, we’ve been over and over this, I AM THE WAY).

Anyway, it always makes me laugh a little.

John 14: 4

You know the way to the place where I am going.

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