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Mar 30, 2013 11:17 AM

What can I do with an "Indian" chicken (other than soup)?

I went to a well-known local poultry shop yesterday in a hurry, and asked which chicken I should buy to make soup. They suggested an "Indian" chicken, and for some reason, I thought I'd be getting a very small bird - because I have a lot of soup to make, I bought two.

It turns out that the birds are really large, and one will clearly be enough for my recipe.I don't have the time or space to double my recipe. I'd like to save the second chicken and prepare it in some other manner that is hopefully less time consuming than chicken soup, in terms of the preparation (when I do chicken soup, I cut up lots and lots of vegetables).

-Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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  1. What is an "Indian" Chicken?

    1. Also not sure what you mean by "Indian" chicken, but if it has the usual Indian spices, chop and use it for Indian "fajitas," using naan.

      1. Is it a whole, raw but seasoned or marinaded chicken that you planned on boiling or roasting for soup?

        I love indian butter chicken and of course there is tandoori chicken which is a classic Indian dish. However with out knowing what makes your chicken "indian" I hesitate to suggest any other recipes.

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        1. re: foodieX2

          It sounds like it is a type (variety) of Chicken or a Synonym for a Older or Stewing Chicken.
          Of course if Roz never follows up we will never know.

        2. Just a guess, but the Cornish Game chicken is also called an Indian Game chicken.

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          1. re: HeBrew

            But the OP said "It turns out that the birds are really large"
            Cornish Game Hens are small.

            1. re: chefj

              I'm just going off of info from basic web search, see They list the following weights:
              Cock: 3.86 kg or 8.5 lbs
              Hen: 2.57 kg or 5.7 lbs
              Cockerel: >1 kg or >2.2 lbs
              Pullet: >1 kg or >2.2 lbs

              The U.S. version of a Cornish game hen is an immature bird that weighs less than 2 pounds. So if the OP picked up a pair of mature birds, yes, they would be rather large.

              1. re: HeBrew

                Sounds like you solved what Roz is talking about.
                I did not know that the Game Hens we get here in the U.S. where Babies, Thanks for the info.
                So I would think Roz has a Stewing/Stock Bird.
                It would make a great Coq au vin, Chicken and Dumplings or a long cooked Curry.

          2. I'm guessing the OP is talking about a Silkie.

            If so, soup or stock are really the only options.

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