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Cutting Up Whole Chicken



Quick Tips:

  • Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, cutting boards and utensils thoroughly with soap and hot water before and immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry, including frozen and fresh products.
  • Hands should be washed before handling food and between handling different food items with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use a sharp, sturdy knife.
  • Do not rinse raw poultry in your sink – it will not remove bacteria. In fact, it can spread raw juices around your sink, onto your countertops or onto ready-to-eat foods. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry can only be killed when cooked to a safe internal temperature.
  • Do not use a wooden cutting board for meats or poultry- they are hard to get clean.
  • Sanitize cutting board after cutting up chicken by washing in dishwasher or by following these steps:
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water.
  • Pour the bleach solution over cutting board and keep wet for 2 minutes.
  • Rinse and let cutting board air dry.
  • Sanitize anything you touched with dirty hands while cutting up the bird.