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BEHOLD! I no longer hate cutting up chicken breasts.

chicken-cubes-2It may just be me, it may not, but can I just tell you how much I’ve always despised cutting up boneless skinless chicken breasts? It was a daunting task that was required for many of my standard recipes. I’d start cutting and the thing would flop and move and just be basically uncooperative. How did people end up with these perfectly cubed chicken breast pieces? I mean, look at Chik-fil-a nuggets, they are basically uniform size and shape. You can actually tell it was a cube! Mine? NOT ONCE. Of course this may be due to operator error more than anything. But if you struggle with this like I did, give this new tip a try.

This tip may be old-hat to some of you, I may be getting in on this way late in the ball game, but I wanted to share with you just in case you don’t know about it. {I’m also going to wait until after I post this to Google this tip, so I can feel better about myself for just a little while anyway!}

On to the fabulous tip – Cube the chicken while semi-frozen! This pack of chicken was frozen solid. I pulled it out of the drawer in the fridge, ran our (very) hot water over the top for about 3 minutes and then turned it over and ran it over the bottom for about 3 minutes. Opened the package, and pulled the chicken breasts apart, they were still frozen pretty solidly in the middle. I mean, ice crystals were in the center. Then I used my big knife and started cutting. I was FLOORED! It worked so well and the chicken looked so professionally cubed I proceeded to act as if I were Ina Garten in a chef’s kitchen. If only I had a collared shirt so I could flip it up, I’d be set!

Next time your recipe calls for cubed chicken I hope this tip helps ease some of your anxiety.


Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.


  1. I also have a really tough time with raw chicken. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I also have a really tough time with raw chicken. Thanks for the tip!

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