Whole Chicken


Chicken meat is the most common form of poultry in the world. Nearly all parts of the bird can be used for food and it can be cooked in different ways. Whole chicken refers to the uncut "dressed" chicken. This means the feathers, feet, head, and internal organs have been removed. Smaller chickens are called Broilers (1-3 pounds and 4-6 weeks of age), slightly bigger are Fryers (3 1/2 - 4 1/2 pounds and 6-10 weeks of age), the next largest chicken is the Stewing Hen, or Fowl, (6-8 pounds and over 10 months of age), and finally the Roasters (7-9 pounds and 3-5 months of age).


Other names: Whole Fryer, دجاجه كامله, Chicken, broiler, Fryer
Translations: Viss Vistas, Sveikų viščiukų, Total de pui, Cijela Piletina, Gà nguyên con, Całego kurczaka, Hele kip, पूरे चिकन, Frango inteiro, Целая курица, Ολόκληρο κοτόπουλο, دجاج كامل, 전체 치킨, Celé kuře, Ayam Utuh, Buong Manok, 全鸡, Pollastre sencer, Cela Chicken, Celé kurča, Intero pollo, עוף שלם, Hel kyckling, Цео пилетина, 全体チキン, Poulet entier, Ganze Hähnchen, Hele Kylling, Hele Chicken, Pollo entero, Ціла курка, Koko Kana, Цяло пиле

Physical Description

Colors: pale pink

Tasting Notes

Flavors: savory
Mouthfeel: Fibrous, Stringy, Juicy, Moist, Tender
Food complements: Potatoes, Asparagus, Cornbread, Mushrooms
Wine complements: Pinot gris, Reisling
Beverage complements: Iced tea, Beer, White wine, Sangria
Substitutes: Turkey, Rabbit

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: Year-round
Choosing: Look for chicken that are plump, no cuts or bruises on the skin and have no foul smell
Buying: Buy your chicken from a vendor you trust. Support local farms.

Preparation and Use

Smoke, bake, broil, boil, BBQ, Sous Vide

Cleaning: Raw chicken should be rinsed, patted dry with paper towels, and completely thawed before cooking. Cutting boards and knives must be washed in hot sudsy water before and after using, and hands must be scrubbed thoroughly before and after handling.

Conserving and Storing

Fresh raw chicken can be stored in its original wrap inside the freezer from two days up to two months. When freezing whole chicken. Make sure to remove and rinse giblets. Thaw frozen chicken inside the fridge to avoid bacteria growth



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