How to Cut the Chicken Breast into Strips: 12 Steps

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How to Cut the Chicken Breast into Strips: 12 Steps
How to Cut the Chicken Breast into Strips: 12 Steps

Rich in protein and low in fat, chicken breast is a favorite food for those who enjoy healthy meals. However, if you're tired of eating the same grilled chicken breast every day, or if you're looking to speed up the preparation, it's a good idea to change the cut and prepare it in strips. Follow the traditional method of cutting chicken breasts into strips with a knife or, for a safer option, use kitchen scissors.


Method 1 of 2: Slicing Chicken with Knife

Cut Chicken Breast Into Strips Step 1

Step 1. Choose a sharp kitchen knife that is 20 cm to 25 cm long

The sharper the knife is, the less likely you are to cut yourself, as it doesn't slip as much. A long knife also helps to make a clean and precise cut, without having to run the knife over and over again. This type of knife is also strong enough to cut meat without using as much force.

  • An easy way to sharpen the blade is with a sharpening stone. Run the blade on the "porous" side first, pulling the knife toward you a few times with a little force. Then repeat the same procedure, only this time on the "thin" side of the stone.
  • A kitchen knife can vary greatly in price depending on the quality and material. Take a look at home improvement stores or on the internet to pick one you like that has a comfortable cable to hold.
Cut Chicken Breast Into Strips Step 2

Step 2. Place the chicken breast on a plate and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes

As raw chicken meat is very slippery, place it in the freezer before cutting the piece to make it firmer and make the process easier. It is not necessary to cover the chicken meat. You can leave it in its original packaging or unpack it first.

If you don't have time to put the chicken in the freezer for the meat to set, dry the breast with a paper towel before cutting it. While not as effective, this trick makes the chest a little less slippery

Step 3. Place the chicken breast on the cutting board

Take it out of the freezer and move it from the plate to the cutting board or pick it up in your hands. It's a good idea to place it right in the center of the cutting board so that if it slips, it doesn't fall into the sink.

  • If you place chicken on the cutting board with your hands, do not touch anything other than the cutting board, chicken, and knife. Raw chicken meat can contain bacteria that can spread throughout the kitchen.
  • Use a separate cutting board just for the chicken, avoiding contaminating other foods.

Step 4. Bone the chicken breast as soon as you prepare it

Use a sharp kitchen knife and gently separate the flesh from the bones. Don't forget to cut the tendon in the lower chest as well.

Step 5. Hold the chest on the cutting board with your non-dominant hand

Use your free hand to keep the meat firmly in place. Place your palm firmly on the chicken breast and bend your fingertips so you don't cut yourself.

For people who are more likely to get hurt or who are afraid of using very sharp knives, it is a good idea to buy a very sturdy glove from a kitchenware store or online. This glove is made of a very strong material that protects your hands

Step 6. Cut the chicken against the fiber direction

Find the fiber direction of the chicken meat and cut the piece crosswise. If the fiber is horizontal, cut it vertically. Try to cut the meat with a single knife movement.

Cutting the meat against the direction of the fiber makes it softer after cooking

Step 7. Continue cutting even strips until finished

Choose the thickness you like, but make strips of the same width so that they cook evenly. Depending on the chosen width, the chest can yield 5 to 7 strips.

Set the ideal width to cut the chicken breast strips according to the recipe you want to make. To make Mexican fajitas, for example, it's better to have thinner strips, 1 cm thick. To fry the chicken, make strips from 2.5 cm to 5 cm thick

Method 2 of 2: Using Kitchen Scissors

Step 1. Prefer to use detachable scissors

Kitchen scissors are different from the common ones, as they are stronger and more robust to be able to cut everything: meat or bone. Look for scissors that can be disassembled into two parts to be able to clean the area between the blades.

A good kitchen scissors costs between R$ 30.00 and R$ 80.00. Buy one at kitchenware stores or online

Cut Chicken Breast Into Strips Step 9

Step 2. Place the raw chicken breast in the middle of the cutting board

Even if you can hold it in the air while cutting, this is not recommended. Place it on the cutting board to fix it better and get a straighter cut.

Another option is to cut the chicken inside the pan. Since you're using scissors instead of a knife, you don't have to worry about scratching the pan, as well as getting less dishes dirty

Step 3. Bone the chicken breast before cutting it into strips

Make small incisions around the bones and separate the flesh with your fingers. Finally, cut the tendon from the bottom of the piece.

Cut Chicken Breast Into Strips Step 11

Step 4. Find the direction of the meat fiber and place the scissors blade across

Note the thin white lines of the chicken breast musculature and cut in the opposite direction, across.

If you cut the strips along the fiber of the meat, the chicken becomes tough and difficult to chew

Step 5. Make strips of uniform size

Use your free hand to hold the chicken while handling the scissors with your dominant hand. Lightly touch the cutting board to make the cut in a straight line.

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