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How to Debone a Chicken Thigh

If you like cooking with boneless chicken thighs because they taste better and don't dry out in recipes like chicken breasts do, but you don't like paying higher prices for thigh meat, we've got good news for you. Removing the bone from a chicken thigh is a lot easier than you might think. This short video shows you how to debone a chicken thigh so you can save money by doing it yourself instead of paying more at the store. And you can make chicken stock from the bones. That's double the savings. Watch the video below, then we'll take you through the process step by step.

Video: How to Debone a Chicken Thigh

 

1. If the chicken leg is still attached to the thigh, use a sharp kitchen knife to cut through the bend in the joint where the thigh and drumstick meet. You'll know you're slicing through the right spot when your knife easily cuts through the white cartilage.

2. With the skin-side down, make an incision along the length of the thigh bone. Deepen the incision by slicing into the meat until your knife reaches bone. Using the tip of your knife, keep scraping the meat away along the sides of the bone.

3. Grasp one end of the exposed bone and pull it up so you can cut the meat away all around the bone using short scraping motions with your knife. Continue until the bone is completely free from the meat.

4. Now you can slide off the skin, if you want skinless boneless chicken thighs, and trim off any unwanted fat, sinew, and cartilage. The thigh is ready to be used in your favorite recipes.

For ready-to-cook convenience, debone a stack of chicken thighs, then wrap and freeze them until you’re ready to use them. Frozen thighs will keep for about nine months.


Favorite Boneless Chicken Thigh Recipes

Rusty Chicken Thighs: These marinated chicken thighs are a little sweet, a little tangy, and a little hot thanks to maple syrup, rice vinegar, and plenty of seasonings. Watch the video to see how to make them.

 

More Thighs to Try

Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken: A quick 30-minute chicken broiled with butter, garlic, and soy sauce.

Delectable Marinated Chicken: Chicken thighs go for a 4-hour soak in a robust marinade, then grilled.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken: Imagine how great your kitchen will smell when you come home to this delectable chicken cooked low and slow in Indian spices and coconut milk.

Chicken Enchiladas With Mole Sauce: Authentic homemade Mexican mole sauce makes these chicken enchiladas out of the ordinary.

Chicken Rollatini with Asparagus: Using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for these easy roll-ups makes them extra moist and tasty.

Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots: This one-pan meal looks fancy but it's actually very easy to prep.

Joe's General Tso's Chicken: This easy homemade version of a takeout favorite is ready in only 35 minutes.


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