How to Butterfly a Turkey

To butterfly a turkey – or chicken or Cornish hen or any other bird you might want to cook – basically means to remove the backbone in order to flatten it. This is done mostly for grilling. However, I butterfly my birds many times to roast them faster. You will need a good pair of kitchen shears in order to accomplish this! Here is a very short instructional video on how to do this:

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  • December 24, 2010

    Sherry in Philly

    I do this all the time. If you get a pair of metal cutting shears/dikes at the hardware store it is a lot easier, especially around that thick pelvic area.

  • December 26, 2010


    Thanks for the tip! Have a great 2011! Take care!
    Mary Ann

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