Dividing a whole chicken into pieces sounds like messy work (53 percent of ALL YOU readers surveyed had never tried it!), but it's easier than you think.
Place chicken breast side up on a cutting board, legs facing you.
Pull a leg out and cut through the skin, so you can see where the leg connects to the body. Repeat on the other side.
Grasp one leg in each hand, lift the chicken and rotate your hands, bending the legs back until the leg joints pop out.
Grip one leg, pull it away from the body and, with your knife, separate the leg bone from the socket. Repeat on the other side. Place a leg skin side down. Find and cut through the joint that connects the drumstick to the thigh. Repeat with the other leg. Set thighs and drumsticks aside.
Set the chicken on the cutting board breast side down, tail facing you. Find the backbone with your fingers. Keeping your fingers along the backbone as a guide, cut down along one side of the backbone, cutting through the rib bones.
To cut the breast in half, place it on the cutting board, skin side down. Pick it up in both hands, then rotate your hands back until the center bone pops out. Loosen and pull out the bone with your fingers. Use your knife to cut down the center to separate the breast halves.