A large free range chicken in Aldi costs €5.99. A boning knife should cost in or around €25.
To begin remove the chicken from the packaging. Even if you are not going to bone out the chicken straight away, do this to store your chicken. It will keep better and won't sweat.
Remove the other leg in the same manner.
You can see the knuckle joint in this picture and how I have worked the knife around it trimming the meat from the leg, free from the carcass.
To remove the wings pull one out from the body and begin to carefully cut the skin around the base of it. Work the knife to find the attachment to the carcass as in the leg and ease the knife in behind the joint. It should be easy to cut again. Remove the other in the same manner.
The first time you do it you will probably leave too much meat on the carcass but don't worry it won't go to waste (nothing does).
Remove the second breast in the same way.
You can split the carcass easily to make it fit into a saucepan.
Add this carcass with an onion split in half with skin on, a carrot sliced in chunks and a stick of celery. Fill up with water and simmer for at least an hour (preferably more). When it is cool gently remove the meat from the carcass and reserve. Drain off the stock, straining it through a piece of muslin in a sieve to remove fat and any shards of bone.
Freeze the stock in ice cube trays and when frozen pop them out into a plastic bag. This way you have stock cubes for later use.
A really delicious way to cook the breasts is to stuff with goats cheese, homemade pesto (frozen in cubes the way I suggest doing the stock) and then wrapping in Pancetta.
Bake in tinfoil in a moderate oven 180 deg C for approx 30 minutes.
I wrap them in cling film and freeze them. I often cook them from frozen but cook for about 10-15 minutes longer. You can always defrost in a microwave or naturally if time permits.
Fold the fillet over the stuffing and then cover with the pancetta.
So for less than €6 you have two large chicken breasts, 2 legs, 2 wings and at least a litre of stock (the chicken meat you have flaked off the carcass can be used to make chicken soup with your stock).
Two chicken breasts alone normally cost that.
Simples and remember practice makes perfect.