How to Butcher a Whole Chicken Into Eight Parts

In this episode of “Myron Mixon: The Breakdown” the world’s most decorated BBQ Pitmaster breaks down how to butcher a whole chicken into eight parts.

This is one of the easiest and most useful techniques to have in your arsenal when it comes to cooking chicken!

Myron Mixon's How to Butcher a Whole Chicken

Learn how to butcher a whole chicken into eight usable parts.
Course BBQ
Cuisine American


  • Stiff Blade
  • Flex Blade/Fillet Knife
  • Meat Tenderizer


  • Start on the breast. Split the chicken in half.
    Split the chicken in half
  • Using a fillet knife, take out the wings. Make sure you get into the joints for an easy cut.
  • Remove the thigh away from the back.


  • Use the Meat Tenderizer to pierce through the skin and around the chicken parts.
  • Coat the chicken with your preferred dry rub.
  • Using your palm and fingers, push the rub in the chicken.
    Push the Rub in the Chicken
Keyword chicken, grilling tips