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How to butterfly a chicken breast

How to Butterfly a Chicken Breast

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: N/A


Master the art of how to butterfly a chicken breast with this simple guide! Say goodbye to bland chicken and hello to perfectly juicy, flavor-infused results in no time.


  • 1 or more boneless skinless chicken breasts


  1. Place your hand over the top of the chicken breast. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice the breast horizontally, leaving the edge intact so it can open up like a book.
  2. Unfold the chicken breast, then cut along the fold to separate the two halves (each half is a cutlet).
  3. Pound the chicken (optional*): Cover the chicken with plastic wrap and lightly pound the chicken with a mallet or heavy pan to make it an even 1/4-inch thickness.


*Pounding the chicken breast makes it thinner into a “paillard,” but it’s not necessary. We typically skip this step unless it’s specified in the recipe (like Chicken Piccata).

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Chicken
  • Diet: Gluten Free