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Broiler and fryer chickens range from 6 to 8 weeks old and weight about 3 to 4 pounds (1 1/4 to 1 3/4 kg) according to the National Chicken Council.
However you may find that the chickens in your local supermarket tend to be closer to 2 1/2 pounds (1 kg) as factory farms rush the birds to market at an ever faster pace.
These chickens may also be referred to as "spring chicken".
Broilers and fryer chickens can typically be used interchangeably. They are generally best cooked with high heat which make it an ideal choice to butterfly and broil, grill, or sauté in a skillet or frying pan.
The meat is young, tender and quite mild tasting which can make them a less than ideal choice for braises and stews where an older bird would deliver significantly more flavour while the younger broiler or fryer will tend to dry out.
The following chart from the National Chicken Council in the US shows the U.S. broiler chicken performance from 1925 to 2011.
|Year||Days (age)||Weight||Feed to Meat||Mortality %|
Whole chicken is usually found in the poultry section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.
Chicken, whole is a member of the Poultry Products USDA nutritional food group.
|1 unit (yield from 1 lb ready-to-cook chicken)||32|
|1 back, bone removed||53|
|British (UK) term:||Chicken, whole|
|en français:||poulet entier|
|en español:||pollo entero|
There are 237 recipes that contain this ingredient.
|Usda nutrition data||about 5 years ago|
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