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Old 10-27-2008, 03:33 PM   #11
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i use both. for one person, the boneless thighs and breasts are just the ticket . also wing.
usually do roast chicken only when having guests.
store bought roast chickens are good for a meal or two. then soup or white chili . plus the skin is a guilty pleasure. i got one on friday for only five dollars. oh yes good for sandwiches as well.
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:53 PM   #12
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boneless skinless on sale...sure get them. But, much less flavor without the bones and no soup or stock to be made.

Obviously, the whole bird is cheaper than parts at equal pricing, but sales change that. However, the whole bird does things the parts can't do.
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:39 PM   #13
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Cooking a whole chicken gives me a meal, then cold meat for sandwiches for my children's lunchbox. There may also be one or two more meals using shredded chicken. We buy free range chickens from our local farm shop, so they are more meaty and yield more than the average supermarket chicken.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:00 PM   #14
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You can't compare whole chicken to boneless, skinless chicken breast. It's like apple and oranges. However you can get chicken breast of the whole chicken. I do not like red meat very much, but I do love meat. "Save plants, eat meat", have you heard that slogan? That is about me. I can't live without meat. So whole chicken is what I usually prefer. So I can have variety. But if you ask my daughter, well, one of them, she only eats chicken breast made into schnitzel. No soup, no baked, no grilled or any other types of meats or cooking methods. So she'd probably agree with you. Who needs all that waist of chicken? So it all depends on what you like and what you normally would cook.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:24 PM   #15
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Y'all have done it again. I have been working all week and weekends for 3 weeks now. No time to cook anything and I am out of bread. No complaint, I need the work.

Anyway, I did shop Friday and bought 2 whole chickens. I sat around last night bemoaning that I had to cut them up and freeze them before going to bed. I was beginning to second guess not buying parts.

You have provided me with so many reasons to buy whole chicken that I feel great about it.

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Old 10-27-2008, 05:31 PM   #16
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Y'all have done it again. I have been working all week and weekends for 3 weeks now. No time to cook anything and I am out of bread. No complaint, I need the work.

Anyway, I did shop Friday and bought 2 whole chickens. I sat around last night bemoaning that I had to cut them up and freeze them before going to bed. I was beginning to second guess not buying parts.

You have provided me with so many reasons to buy whole chicken that I feel great about it.

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Stop typing, get off your lazy butt and go cut up those chickens.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:32 PM   #17
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I'm a parts person. I like to buy what I like to eat. I like the thighs and I like the wings, so that's what I buy, hopefully on sale, then I load up on them. The only time I buy a whole chicken is when I plan on cooking it whole, and mainly because it's easier to balance on a beer can than five thighs are . Then I will do something with the meat I don't particularly favor; sandwiches, soup, chicken & biscuits. If I bought whole chickens and cut them up myself, say to get five thighs for a grill session, I would never use up the breasts at the same rate and end up with a stockpile of them.
So economically speaking, I would just as soon pay a little more and use it all, than pay a little less and have parts taking up room in the freezer. I haven't gotten into the whole stock making thing yet, or I may rethink this. Or if I switch my dogs back to a raw diet.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:34 PM   #18
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I love roasting whole chickens, they do well in our house.....
exept the thigh....
Dh does not like them, in a green eggs and ham sort of way.....
he does not like them in a soup
he does not like them in pie...

you get the idea.

kids eat wings and legs, then they're full. We eat the breast.
thigh stays on the carcass for broth and then tossed.

Not economical in my book... but it works.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:37 PM   #19
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If it is on sale I would get the whole bird, roast it , if any left over meat, I make into another meal or a salad.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:46 PM   #20
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Just for the record, chickens (whole ones) are on sale this week, BYGO, so I'll be having beer can chicken in my near future and probably pressure cook the other one and turn it into soup. I hope they have a long exp date, I don't want to freeze one, but this is probably a really good buy for someone who would take the time to part them up.
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