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How many chicken breasts equals 2 lbs?

polyhymnia Jul 12, 2007 02:40 PM

I realize this is very approximate b/c of size of chicken breats etc. but a ball park figure would be great. I somehow just can't picture it in my head and I threw away the original packaging and have no idea how many pounds of chicken I bought.

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    MakingSense Jul 13, 2007 08:27 AM

    Looking for a way to help since you don't have a scale...
    A 4-oz portion of chicken breast (boneless) is about the size of a deck of playing cards. You'll need 8 of those to equal 2 pounds.
    So however you buy your chicken, I think you can estimate that way.

    Chicken in stores - whether it's groceries or fancy organic purveyors - comes in all sizes these days. Some are tiny and others look like Thanksgiving turkey breasts. Doesn't seem to matter where or how they were raised. Agricultural products are inexact. Nature of the beasts...
    Again, a scale is an indispensable kitchen tool. Get a good one.

    1. kmh Jul 12, 2007 09:01 PM

      the chicken breasts I source for my business are approx 300g each. that's 0.6 pounds (2/3) so, 3.5 chicken breasts would be 2lbs.
      again, as you pointed out, it would depend on the original chicken. if it's free range chicken the breasts are likely to be bigger, and if its cheap s'market chicken then i imagine they will be smaller.

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        MakingSense Jul 12, 2007 07:55 PM

        Buy a kitchen scale!
        Might not help with this problem but now you know why you NEED one.

        Post on the Cookware Board for recommendations. Don't cheap out. Shop around and get a sturdy, accurate one. I don't know how I would get along without mine!

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          masha Jul 12, 2007 03:16 PM

          I agree with Mochi. Depends on the size of the breast, but typically 1/2 breast weighs 8-10 oz. When they are on sale at the market, I tend to buy them in 3 lb. packages and that usually is about 5 or 6 half breasts.

          1. mochi mochi Jul 12, 2007 03:09 PM

            I would guesstimate 8 oz.+ for each half boneless skinless breast. The half breasts that I have been buying at Sprouts have been huge,about 10 oz. each. One package contained 3 half breasts and weighed in at 2.2 lbs. I think you can picture one pound of ground beef, so approximate the size of your chicken comparing it to a mound of beef.

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              brendastarlet Jul 12, 2007 02:55 PM

              Probably eight, if they are boneless.

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                polyhymnia Jul 12, 2007 03:05 PM

                oh my gosh! Looks like this recipe is about to get quartered... that's a lot of curry for two people to eat.

                1. re: brendastarlet
                  LindaWhit Jul 12, 2007 06:31 PM

                  Not the size of the chickens they're growing nowadays. I buy large packages of chicken breasts at Roche Bros., and there are usually 8 per package - they weigh a LOT more than 2 lbs. total - probably closer to 5 lbs. for each package.

                  I'd say chicken breasts are probably closer to a half to 3/4 lb. each, depending on their size. so 2-3 half breasts total should be more than enough for 2 lbs.

                  1. re: brendastarlet
                    sgwood415 Jul 12, 2007 10:44 PM

                    8!? No way. That'd be four ounce breasts. A chicken McNugget is probably 2 ounces.

                    You need a scale to know for sure, but if you bought them at a grocery store (as opposed to a natural, organic purveyor), you'll probably get 2 lbs, from 2 whole breasts.

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