How To Remove Bones from Chicken Thighs

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There are few kitchen tasks less glamorous than deboning chicken. Fortunately, with the help of a pair of handy kitchen shears, this task can be done in half the time, which means dinner gets done even faster. Here’s the why and how for deboning chicken thighs with kitchen shears.

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Flavorful Thighs

Chicken thighs are hands-down a favorite chicken staple. Thighs are cheaper and more flavorful than chicken breasts, due to their slightly higher fat content and darker meat. Thighs are most commonly sold with both their skin and bones still intact.

A Few of Our Favorite Thigh Recipes

Why Debone?

Chicken thighs with their bones removed cook faster and more evenly. Luckily, the thigh bone is relatively easy to spot and can easily be removed by guiding a pair of sharp kitchen shears through the bones’ connective tissue.

How To Remove Bones from Chicken Thighs

Makes 4 deboned thighs

What You Need

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

Kitchen shears
Cutting board


  1. Flip a chicken thigh over so it is skin-side down.
  2. Using kitchen shears, cut through the meat along both sides of the center bone, making sure not to cut all the way through the meat and skin.
  3. Cut off the cartilage at the top and bottom of the bone. Cut underneath the bone, which will cut the bone off completely from the thigh.
  4. Use the shears to trim off any excess fat, cartilage, or skin. Repeat with the remaining thighs.