How to Truss Chicken

Why would you want to learn how to truss chicken? When applying this classic technique, you’re tying it with kitchen string to keep it compact and tight. This technique holds the chicken parts compact together, keeping the tips from drying out and ensuring a juicier breast.  The chicken cooks more evenly and the presentation is simply prettier too.

How to Truss a Chicken step by step

Trussing particularly helpful when roasting whole chickens in the oven and you’ll get an more even browning over the whole bird. For slow cooker roasted whole chicken, you don’t really need to do this because the slow cooker pretty much holds the chicken to a nice even shape, however if you like the chicken nice and plump shaped, it helps to truss it then too. There are several ways to to this and this particular method is our favorite. Simple and quick, after getting the hang of it, one can easily tie up the chicken in about 30 seconds. It is an easy kitchen skill, fun to do, and your chicken will be tastier and better looking.

Have you tried trussing a chicken before? If so, leave your comments in the comment section below and share your technique. Everyone does this differently. Also, share your results with us. Is it worth the time to do this? Did you chicken come out juicer and less dry?

Video showing How to Truss a Chicken with Kitchen String

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How to Truss a Chicken

Helps keep the chicken compact, keeping the tips from drying out and ensuring a juicier breast.  The chicken cooks more evenly and the presentation is prettier too.
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Instructions 

  • Cut a length of kitchen string (about 3-feet). Place the chicken breast-side up on your surface.
  • Start with the middle of the string under the tips of the legs. Cross it, then loop under the tips of the legs again.
  • Pull tight and then bring the string across the drum/thigh joint and up to the neck (it should go over the wings).
  • Pull snug again and tie the string into a knot over the neck area. Trim off the excess string.

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