How to Truss a Chicken

A perfectly trussed chicken makes one neat, tidy—and tasty!—package. Wrap it up and roast away.

You will need

  • A 3- to 4-pound chicken
  • A cutting board
  • A paring knife
  • A 3-foot piece of butcheru2019s twine

Step 1 Tie the legs Position the chicken. Take the string and make a figure 8 around the knuckles of the legs.

Step 2 Tie the breast & wings Tie the breast & wings. Bring the string over and under the breasts, pinning the wings to the breasts.

Step 3 Tie a tight knot Tie a tight knot. If there is a small piece of neck intact, tie the knot under the neck.