How to Break Down Chicken Wings


Making a batch of chicken wings? Save yourself some money by buying whole chicken wings and breaking them into pieces yourself. It's easy! Here's how.

Photography Credit: Irvin Lin

Making a batch of chicken wings? You can buy “Party Wings” at the grocery store, which are wings that have already been broken down into their parts: the drumette and the flat. But I often buy whole wings because breaking them down is easy and it’s cheaper. (Save the wingtips in a freezer bag for making chicken stock!)

Here’s how to break down whole wings.

Chicken Wings in the Instant Pot

1. Find the joint

Find where the joint is between each piece by wiggling the wing—where it moves is where you cut. There’s one joint where the tip connects to the wing and another where the drummete and the flat connect to each other.

Chicken Wings in the Pressure Cooker

2. Cut between the joint

Cut right down between these joints to separate the wing parts. You can also “feel” for the knuckle between the wing parts. Cut directly between the knuckle to separate the wings. Easy!

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Irvin Lin

Irvin Lin is an IACP award-winning photographer, food writer and recipe developer, blue-ribbon baker, public speaker, and occasional social media consultant. His blog is Eat the Love and his first cookbook is Marbled, Swirled and Layered.

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