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Chicken and Turkey: Another semi-scientific survey.

Doctormhl1 Jun 15, 2009 05:11 PM

What's your preference- white or dark? Skin or no skin? Baked, broiled, (deep) fried, or Bar-B- Que, smoked- or some other way? Another semi-scientific survey. Thank you.

  1. babette feasts Jun 15, 2009 07:29 PM


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    1. re: babette feasts
      Doctormhl1 Jun 15, 2009 08:08 PM

      Does duck have light and dark meat?

      1. re: Doctormhl1
        babette feasts Jun 15, 2009 08:56 PM

        Duck is all dark meat.

        I prefer dark meat in general, especially a nice braise or confit. Smoked is nice too. Skin a plus.

        1. re: babette feasts
          Sal Vanilla Jun 16, 2009 10:14 AM

          Nice comeback babette. But skin is an afterthought on duck? Have you quacked up?

          1. re: Sal Vanilla
            babette feasts Jun 17, 2009 05:30 PM

            Ha, maybe. In truth, I can only eat duck skin if as much of the subcutaneous fat as possible has been rendered out - that 1/4 inch layer on a duck breast is more than I can handle. Its weird, but I can handle melted fat like confit more than solid fat.

            Definitely like the skin on chix/turkey, gotta fight with the brothers to get my share at family dinners.

    2. Jen76 Jun 15, 2009 10:48 PM

      Dark, skin on, roasted or grilled.

      1. alkapal Jun 15, 2009 11:49 PM

        smoked or chinese roasted duck, smoked or roast chicken, smoked or deep-fried turkey. prefer dark meat. fave part of chicken: thighs.

        oh, and --- most definitely -- SKIN ON! (mmmm, crispy duck skin!!!!)

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          Harters Jun 16, 2009 07:56 AM

          Duck followed goose followed by pigeon, for preference. Followed by just about any other flying thing you can mention before I get to chicken & turkey.

          But to answer the actual questions - chicken/skin/roasted.

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            laliz Jun 16, 2009 09:39 AM

            Chicken. Thighs. Skin on or off. Baked, roasted, BBQ, never smoked.

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              Sal Vanilla Jun 16, 2009 10:17 AM

              I prefer chicken over turkey. Dark meat. Unless it is Thanksgiving or on a sandwich. If I had to eat chicky on Thanksgiving I would feel pouty. I also prefer turkey breast sandwiches, unless, of course, it is a post Thanksgiving turkey sand - in which case it requires dark meat, stuffing, mashed taters (not the sweet taters), cranberry and gravy all squarshed between thirsty slabs of potato bread.

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              1. re: Sal Vanilla
                laliz Jun 17, 2009 10:36 AM

                there is nothing finer on earth than the post Thanksgiving turkey sand

              2. cayjohan Jun 16, 2009 10:18 AM

                Chicken. Dark. Roasted. If you don't want the chicken skin, can I have yours too?


                1. bkhuna Jun 16, 2009 07:12 PM

                  Extra skin please.

                  1. stricken Jun 16, 2009 11:53 PM

                    Listed from best to worst:
                    Smoked turkey
                    Roasted turkey
                    Roasted chicken
                    Smoked chicken
                    Fried chicken
                    Bbq chicken
                    Fried turkey
                    All white meat w/skin...I hate dark meat.

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                    1. re: stricken
                      Cebca Jun 17, 2009 03:34 PM

                      This is the perfect list, with the singular exception that I would switch bbq chicken and fried chicken.

                    2. LeahBaila Jun 17, 2009 05:36 AM

                      White meat
                      No skin (unless fried)
                      Chicken: BBQ'd // Turkey: Deep fried


                      1. Sam Fujisaka Jun 17, 2009 02:32 PM


                        But like others, duck is in first place.

                        1. Paula76 Jun 17, 2009 03:09 PM

                          Mmmm...duck's good. We had roasted duck in a red wine and plum sauce for Christmas last year and I still get flashbacks! I'm not a fan of Chinese crispy duck, though but I've had masala duck at my local Indian restaurant and it was divine!

                          As for chicken, for me, nothing beats the taste of rotisserie chicken cooked on a spit but oven-roasted comes a close second, especially when marinated with herbs, lemon and spices.

                          Roast turkey is fine but I can easily live without it...

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                          1. re: Paula76
                            Harters Jun 18, 2009 02:09 AM

                            Rotisserie chicken - now you're talking!

                            There's a place we visit in Mallorca (Soller) which has a small shop doing nothing but take-away rotisserie. The smell wafting out over the plaza is fantastic. I can get very, very greedy - whole chicken; rip it apart with bare hands; dip in aioli. Some sliced peppers and crusty bread to dunk as well. Nice siesta afterwards.

                            1. re: Harters
                              Paula76 Jun 18, 2009 03:41 AM

                              Sounds like the smell of my childhood to me back in Argentina...There was one big rotisserie with about 30 spits turning the whole day and you could just get the addictive waft as soon as you walked out the door. It was irresistible...Is there any other way of eating it than with your bare hands? Protocol goes out of the window when faced with such a beauty!

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                            chef4hire Jun 17, 2009 05:23 PM

                            Turkey breast, chicken thighs...in that order.

                            BBQ and deep fried are my favorite preparations, though I don't eat as much fried as I'd like...I swore off stretch pants in the 80s.

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                              ceekskat Jun 17, 2009 09:35 PM

                              Tandoori chicken, dark & white.
                              Minced meat chicken kabobs, dark.
                              Fried chicken, dark.

                              1. Caralien Jun 18, 2009 06:56 AM

                                Duck, Goose, Turkey, Chicken, in that order.
                                Dark meat. Roasted, skin on. Fried, skin on. Confit. Broiled (chicken thighs/legs). Boiled, pulled, and added to a crispy salad made from fried glass noodles with ginger, soy, and watercress.

                                Not a fan of smoked bird (I've already received grief about this in previous posts, but I don't like my birds tasting like ham. Period.)

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                                1. re: Caralien
                                  alkapal Jun 18, 2009 07:31 AM

                                  does anything smoked taste like ham to you? not giving grief, just curious.

                                  1. re: alkapal
                                    Caralien Jun 18, 2009 07:38 AM

                                    BBQ doesn't taste like ham to me, neither does smoked gouda.

                                    1. re: Caralien
                                      alkapal Jun 18, 2009 08:22 AM

                                      okey dokey. ;-).
                                      i think many times, if people have had a certain dish (like smoked chicken) and it was done in a poor way (e.g., way too much smoke, or dry, or whatever), that the experience ruins any future taste tests, where they might find a better-executed version that changes their mind. i guess i just can't understand how a great piece of smoked chicken isn't loved by one and all. different strokes for different folks, right? and...as we say in our household, "i'm glad you don't like it, 'cause that leaves more for me!" ;-D.

                                      of course, i also love smoked ribs, smoked fish, smoked smoke. (now that sounds weird, huh?). say "smoke" too much and the word starts to sound strange. ok, alkapal, focus here.....

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                                  mpjmph Jun 18, 2009 07:52 AM

                                  Chicken, white meat w/bone and skin, roasted (to a slightly lower temperature than the gov't tells me to). Fried is good too.

                                  1. jmckee Jun 18, 2009 12:31 PM

                                    Dark, preferably thigh. roasted or fried. skin on.

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