How to Truss a Chicken

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You need to know how to truss a chicken if you want the chicken to keep its shape while roasting. It is also important to truss a chicken if you are going to cook it on a rotisserie. Trussing will keep the wings and legs from flopping around while cooking. It's a very simple technique and here are some easy directions to follow.

Things You'll Need

  • Whole chicken
  • Cutting board
  • String
  • Place the chicken on a cutting board with the breast side up. The tail should be facing you.

  • Slip a string under the center of the chicken's back, making sure that the ends are even.

  • Draw the string up on the sides of the chicken gently encircling the wings.

  • Pull the string toward you. This will make the wings lay flat against the chicken's sides.

  • Cross the strings at the base point of the chicken's breast, and wrap the string carefully around each drumstick pulling it tight until the legs of the chicken cross.

  • Pick up the tail end of the chicken and wrap a string around the chicken's tail, making sure to pull the string tightly until the cavity of the chicken is covered. Tie a knot in the string.

  • Place the chicken with the breast facing up, and bring the ends of the string back to the front of the chicken. Tie a string into a knot and trim of any excess string.

Tips & Warnings

  • A chicken can be trussed whether it is stuffed or not.
  • Remove the string after the chicken has been cooked, but before carving.
  • In a small rotisserie, the wings will most likely hit the burners, if you do not truss the chicken correctly.
  • Be extremely careful when you handle poultry. Wash everything that came into contact with the chicken, and your hands, with warm soap and water or a mild solution of bleach and water.

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