How to cut chicken breast into strips

Written by cody sorensen
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How to cut chicken breast into strips
Chicken is considered a white meat. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Cutting chicken breast into strips may seem like an easy enough task, but cut it the wrong way and the strips can easily break up into little chunks. A chicken breast has a grain to the meat that grows parallel to the chicken's sternum. Knowing which way the grain of the meat grows enables a chef to make cuts to cook faster strips. This can also help when deciding how to cut the breasts based on the meal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cutting board
  • Serrated butcher knife

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  1. 1

    Lay the breast on a cutting board so that the thick side is on your left. The thick side is the side that was closest to the sternum before the breast was deboned.

  2. 2

    Hold the breast with your left hand and angle a serrated kitchen knife over the breast with your right hand. Angle the blade of the knife between a 60 to 70 degree angle from the left side of the breast.

  3. 3

    Cut the breast, at this diagonal, into strips 1 to 2 inches wide.

Tips and warnings

  • A sharp knife makes light work of cutting breasts into strips.
  • Keep the cutting area well sanitised and always sanitise your hands, cutting utensils and cutting boards after handling raw meat to avoid food-borne illnesses.

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