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Old 02-11-2020, 06:25 AM
 
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I don't have very strong hands. I love chicken soup made from scratch and typically buy one or two organic chickens and cut them up in chunks after I remove the legs and most of breast meat (to be used for a different dish). Can anyone recommend an electrical knife that can be used to cut up a chicken, bones and all? I looked on Amazon and the carving knifes do not seem to be strong enough for this kind of task, but then what is left? Surely others cut up their meats, bone in? Thank you for any suggestion you may have.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:29 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I just buy chicken parts ( mostly thighs ) & use them for my chicken soup, once the meat is cooked, it is very easy to pull off the bone. Chopping up whole chickens, seems like extra work. But I hope someone has a better answer for you.
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:05 AM
 
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Use poultry shears.
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:11 AM
 
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I just pull the meat off the bones and cut it up. No strong hands needed. Especially for something like soup, it doesn't need to be pretty.

ETA: I see now that OP is talking about cutting up the chicken *before* cooking it. Not putting cooked chicken in the soup. My bad. But like Hawk points out below, it doesn't take a lot of strength. I still don't think an electric knife is needed. Just a basic understanding of the anatomy of the joints and working at the weakest points.

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Old 02-11-2020, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Troy, NY
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I don't have very strong hands. I love chicken soup made from scratch and typically buy one or two organic chickens and cut them up in chunks after I remove the legs and most of breast meat (to be used for a different dish). Can anyone recommend an electrical knife that can be used to cut up a chicken, bones and all? I looked on Amazon and the carving knifes do not seem to be strong enough for this kind of task, but then what is left? Surely others cut up their meats, bone in? Thank you for any suggestion you may have.
Cutting the bones isn't really necessary. You need to use gravity, and a little pressure.

Jacques Pépin to your rescue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfDsNRXPKE8

Gordan Ramsay for a little speed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEJSHRSJCn8

Ming Tsai for speed & finesse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkzV1w14ya8


Now you made me hungry.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:02 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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A really good sharp knife should slice through chicken without a problem, especially when you find the sweet spots at the joints. Electric knives are more for slicing cooked meat than raw.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:49 AM
 
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Over confidence with electric knife
May give you more. Cuts

To me it’s good to know how to cut up a bird
By joints

Here is a video of 10 yrs ago I posted on YouTube

https://youtu.be/1H6oVNosDlI
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:30 AM
 
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An electric knife could be dangerous on a raw whole chicken. Vibrations could cause the knife to slip. Splintered bones would be a problem as well.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I think a better solution is to either buy cut up chickens or to cook a whole chicken and then pull cooked flesh off the bones.

You can cut up a chicken with a sharp knife, cutting through the joints. But if hands are weak, I think the former solutions are safer.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Serrated bread knife will do that job easily.
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