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trussing a chicken

How To Truss a Chicken

Steven Pennington
Technique covering how to truss a chicken. This skill will improve the quality of your chicken by promoting even cooking and browning.
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Culinary School Techniques
Cuisine French | American
Servings 1

Suggested Equipment

Trussing String
Scissors

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Chicken Patted Dry

Instructions
 

Step 1: Chicken Preparation

  • Salt & pepper the inside of the chicken before trussing. You will also want to add any ingredients to the chicken cavern now. Items like onion, garlic, lemon, thyme, rosemary...
  • Cut a piece of trussing string. Make sure it is long enough, 2 ½ to 3 ft will work.

Step 2: Trussing The Chicken

  • Lay the rinsed and patted dry chicken in front of you with the legs pointed at you
  • Place the trussing string under the chicken, by the wings
    start under the chicken behind the chickens wings
  • Loop the trussing string over the top of the wings to the front of the chicken, then back under to complete the loop
  • Next, take the trussing string and come over the top of the legs
    Next take the trussing string and come over the top side of the legs
  • Now loop back under the legs and back to the top of the legs.
    Loopback under the legs and back to the top of the legs.
  • The trussing string is now at the backside of the chicken
  • Tie a chefs knot, or any knot that works ( How to tie a chefs knot is in the video)
    Tie a chefs knot, or any knot that works ( How to tie a chefs knot is in the video)
  • Secure tightly, the chicken will shape up and look picture perfect for your roasts
  • Tie the legs together with string if desired
    tie the legs together with string

Video

Notes

  • Trussing creates and allows more of the chicken skin to be exposed to the heat while cooking. This will give you the best presentation and more even browned skin.
  • Golden browned chicken skin requires that the chicken be patted very dry before cooking. Moisture on the skin will lead to steaming, not browning.
  • You can truss a turkey with the same method.
  • Adding items like lemons or onion into the chicken cavity, please do before trussing, or the items will not fit in the opening after tightening the trussing string.
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