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First, the chickens are bred to grow BIG fast . . .
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Posted to Thread #29031 at 6:22 pm on Sep 20, 2016
Fast as in they are slaughtered when between 5 to 7 weeks of age (think about it, under two months!). Over this age, they will actually start to die from (un-) natural causes.
Second, I think the chickens going to markets for purchase by the public are the "older" (like 7 weeks!!), larger ones. I think all the little chickens, the ones old cookbooks meant when they tell you to get a "broiler fryer, about 3-1/2 lbs" are sold to all those chicken places: El Pollo Loco, Popeye's, KFC. When I get fried chicken at Popeye's or KFC and the pieces are sooooo teeny-tiny compared to the ones at the supermarket, well, I think I know where all the little chickens are going. Tiny wings, drums, breast, thighs at the prepared chicken places. Ginormous pieces at the market.
About the only place I can find a sub-3lb chicken is at our local Sprouts market, being sold at a premium price as a naturally raised bird -- or is it organic; I cannot remember.
It is rare to find a whole chicken here in a supermarket that weighs less than 4 1/2 lbs. Most are between 5-6 lbs. And I don't even need to look for a "Roaster" as they are not much bigger than the "Fryers". . . !
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Other messages in this thread:
- 29031. Chicken Tagine is 15 minutes? Does that sound right to you? [LINK] - MarilynFL - 4:23pm on 09/19/16 (6)
- Yes, I think so--the recipe specifies boneless, skinless chicken thighs. . . - mistral - 5:46pm on 09/19/16
- It's not just your area, I bought a skin-on boneless breast recently, ordered it from the counter - Curious1 - 6:16pm on 09/19/16
- I agree. Huge here too at a similar market. I buy boneless chicken breast halfs and have to cut - Janet in NC - 1:10am on 09/20/16
- First, the chickens are bred to grow BIG fast . . . - mistral - 6:22pm on 09/20/16
- No, not the thigh in 10 minutes in my world. It will take longer unless it is diced up, IMO. [NT] - Charley - 6:53pm on 09/19/16
- Actually, I did a second recipe last night using the same batch of thighs in 2 inch pieces - MarilynFL - 10:45am on 09/20/16