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I am starting to really dislike chicken

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Is it just me? I have two big compalints about chicken these days. 1) the size of chicken breasts (I have seen them referred to as Frankenchicken or Jayne Mansfields here) and 2) The texture and taste is just weird with some of them. I have actually fed some of them to the dog after cooking them. They seem so synthetic.

Is this my imagination or does anyone else feel this way?

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  1. even as a kid, i always ate the dark meat, so don't ever buy those mansfields, and even a whole chicken is mostly a waste because i only want the legs.

    although i have read others on here complaining about off-texture and/or flavor, i haven't encountered that. where do you buy meat? i would rather starve than buy food from wal-mart or some such.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Twice I have recently had this experience from Trader Joe's. Also from A butcher and grocery stores too.

    2. With you on this rant. My family used to say I could eat chicken 6 nights a week. I loved it. Now I almost never make it because it has no flavor and often bad texture. I vastly prefer cornish hens, which are certainly pricier but worth it in my book.

      1. You need to try purchasing chicken breasts from fryers and not roaster/roasting chickens....the later are older and larger poultry.

        1. I went off chicken for a while. I've always preferred beef or lamb, but what really did it for me was the massive size of even the so-called organic chicken breasts. Lately, I've been buying kosher chicken, which tastes much, much better. It will never be my favorite meat, but it is definitely more like what I remember eating as a child than the big ol' nasty modern supermarket chickens.

          1. You might want to try an air-dryed, free range, organic chicken and taste the difference. We eat chicken less because of the cost, but it's worth it for the flavor.

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            1. re: escondido123

              I agree. While I'm generally skeptical about the health claims associated with the organic movement, there's no question, at least with the birds I've eaten, that organic chicken tastes more "chickeny" than do the usual suspects.

              When I roast: I buy organic.