University of Maine Cooperative Extension helps take the guesswork out of safely and properly cutting up a whole chicken with the help of a new publication designed for the home cook.

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken” demonstrates the step-by-step process with photos, clear instructions, and a video. Purchasing whole instead of pre-cut chicken is economical and can help with meal planning and preparation. Clean up, storage, thawing, and cooking guidelines also are included.

Many Extension bulletins are available for free download; the full publications catalog is online at For more information or to place an order, call 207-581-3792 or email