Knowing how to butterfly a chicken breast opens the door to a whole range of quick chicken breast recipes.
If you're new to this simple technique, it's an easy way of slicing open a chicken breast to create a uniform thickness of the fillet that allows the piece of meat to cook both evenly and quickly.
The even butterfly shape lends itself to any number of simple chicken recipes, from griddling, frying and barbecuing to making a pocket to stuff with tasty fillings like mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes.
How to Butterfly a Chicken Breast - step by step
1. Lay a boneless and skinless chicken fillet on a cutting board, with the smooth side down, and cut away the small fillet or tenderloin and remove.
2. Turn the breast over and slice the breast in half widthwise being careful not to cut through to the other side (this will from the centre of the butterflied chicken filled.)
3. Open the breast along the fold and flatten into the butterfly shape. Pound with a meat pounder to further flatten out as desired.
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