9Qt Round or Oval Dutch Oven
Got my eyes on a 9qt le creuset dutch oven. I like the round one but the oval one seems more pratical for a whole chicken....
I have no rounds, all oval. Just find it to work better. I gave my round one away and but a oval
I have an 8 and 5 qt Staub round and I couldn't be more pleased. I have a gas stove and I like the round of the burner and the round of the cocotte. They are by far my favorite cookware purchases and I would buy them again if I had to! I'm sure a small hen would fit in the 5 qt and ANYTHING will fit in the 8 qt. I think it's different strokes for different folks...just go with your gut!
Chickens today are bred with such meaty breasts that they are more square than long. A good chicken would be more in the square shape with a good, wide breast. The scrawny ones are longer.
I'm going through the same thing now but with a smaller size, deciding between the 5.5 qt. round of the 5 oval. I'm more comfortable making soup in a round pot. At this size the oval is only about 3/4" longer. If the meat is oval, and the pot in oval where would you put the veggies? I think a round is a better all purpose pot. The bit tighter fit of the oval to a longer cut of meat really doesn't make that much difference in the final outcome.
I think there's a place for both a round and an oval oven in most kitchens. I used to prefer round because they fit over my burner for better browning, whereas the ends of the oval oven didn't heat properly. However recently made a fairly small chuck roast - no more than 3 pounds, and it wouldn't have fit in the round oven at all.
Agree with the other posters that a round oven is usually adequate for a chicken, and I also use the rounds for stews and braises where the food is cut up. But for whole chuck roasts the oval is a necessity.
Chef- I have a 5.5 qt round and an 8 qt. oval both LC. I use the 5.5 round the most b/c it generally meets our needs for three of us. That being said, I like having an oval as a choice when making things that don't fit into my 5.5 qt. or for larger, longer pieces of meat. I agree with drb- that 9 qt either round or oval should fit most things, especially a chicken, and you should go with your gut. What is it that you truly like better and buy that. If you are able to see both in person, that should help you make your choice. Good luck to you. Now to the most important question-what color? :))