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Old 07-24-2010, 06:09 PM   #1
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Why no smaller chicken breasts now?

So. Calif. Both Vons and Albertsons and Ralphs all only carry the huge half chicken breasts. Man, these are way too huge for b-b-q. (Foster Farms).
Whatever happened to the packs of 2 regular sized breasts I used to buy?

There IS one brand that has the smaller sized breasts, but those are chickens that I won't buy. The meat has the texture of tofu and is as tasteless. I don't know what those kinds of chicken are fed, but wow...blubber chicken.


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Old 07-24-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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I know what you mean........chicks with implants.

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Old 07-24-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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i don't like them either. now it is starting to happen with thighs, mostly the ones in bag. i don't care for the flavor either. so i buy the least expensive ones packaged by the store. just ordered chicken tenders to avoid the over sized breasts. a lot of people think that big is better. not so in this case. maybe enough people complained to butcher, they might make the smaller ones available.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:16 PM   #4
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'cause we're american, darnit!

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Old 07-25-2010, 10:21 AM   #5
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I too wish for smaller bone in breasts. The ones that my grocer carries are HUGE! I bet if you went into a place like whole foods, that you could find smaller breasts that actually have some flavor.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:59 AM   #6
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It could be that the chicken was once a whole roaster. Those can weigh up to 6 pounds. The chances that it could be a Capon is slim. Maybe that's a good thing. ;)

If you want top quality chicken find a butcher. You might pay a little more for it, but they know how that chickens been raised and with what.If anything.

You can still grill-bbq them.
Butterfly the breasts. Tenderize. Season up and cook.
They won't take as long to cook as the whole breast would.

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Old 07-25-2010, 11:25 AM   #7
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I've stopped buying the giant Pamela Anderson chicken at my local grocers. It reached the point where I was butterflying chicken breasts for every recipe (and butterflying butterflied breasts for dishes like piccata).

Bigger doesn't always mean better. Most mass-market chicken farms are disgraceful in their operation to boot.

Started buying from a local farm that sells eggs in addition to chicken. They are comparable in price to our local supermarket, they taste much better, and all it involves is a peaceful ride down a back road now and then.

I'm actually thinking about raising my own in a few years.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:53 AM   #8
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Nice suggestion Nicholas. For me, it is the best way if you want to buy what do you expect for. :)
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:32 PM   #9
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How funny to see this thread today. We're making a grilled chicken pesto tonight that called for four bone-in, skin-on breasts. Not only are the FF ones gigantic, but of course they come packaged three to a pack...undoubtedly to make me buy two packs. I will freeze two of the breasts, but it's still annoying. Maybe next time I'll try Whole Foods.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:19 PM   #10
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oh come on now! Those mutant monster chicken parts have flavor!



Says so right on the package. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
(Course, if you boil the meat it becomes rubbery, no matter how you do it. )


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