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Old 05-02-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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Substitute chicken breasts for whole chickens

I have a casserole recipe calling for a 5 pound chicken, to be poached with vegetables and then cut up and mixed with the rest of the ingredients.

My question: how much boneless, skinless chicken breast would equal the same amount of meat from a 5 pound whole chicken? I know the whole weight is not edible meat. Frankly, I'm just too darned lazy to cook the whole chicken, and nobody in my family likes dark meat anyway. Yes, I know dark meat is more flavorful, but ...

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Old 05-02-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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I'd use 6 boneless breasts. 1 to take place of each main part of a whole chicken. 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 breasts. Maybe 1 more for the wings?

Edit: Maybe just 5.
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:51 PM   #3
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Just do a half breast for each person.
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:57 PM   #4
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Not including gibblets, one whole chicken will yield you roughly half it's original mass once it's broken down.
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:16 PM   #5
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Of course you won't have all of that wonderful poaching liquor.
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I think roasting a whole chicken is easier than cooking 6 breasts.
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