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Old 12-02-2007, 06:05 PM   #1
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Unhappy Hello everyone! Tough chicken question ...

As a way of introduction I would like to pose a question. Does anyone know why some chickens are as tough as an old shoe? I fried chicken tonight, my husbands favorite food, and we couldn't even bite the meat off of the bone! Go figure! The package said it was a hen. Was this a clue to boil it first? Thank you for reading my question.


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Old 12-02-2007, 06:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site.

If I am not mistaken, a hen is a chicken that is over a year old. The older the chicken the tougher it will be.

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Old 12-02-2007, 06:12 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to DC. Sorry about your tough

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:02 PM   #4
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Hi there, yes a hen is an older chicken. Now the meat is much too tough to just fry, but if you fry it with onions, and then put a can of tomato soup, or sauce, or homemade sauce, cover and simmer on a really low temperature for a couple of hours, you will end up with a really good tasting stew. Hen also makes the most amazing soup!
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:41 PM   #5
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Welcome to DC Chain Saw......Next time try Chicken Sauce Piquant or any other recipe that calls for a s-l-o-w simmering in liquids....For frying look for "Fryers" in your grocery store. I like them 4 bls or less.

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Old 12-03-2007, 06:08 PM   #6
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Welcome Chainsaw! Yep, you got an old bird. :) That's for stewing or bowling and then making dumplings.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:30 PM   #7
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Welcome to DC, Chainsaw. Yup, us old birds can be tough.
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:42 PM   #8
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