1) Most of them are three pounds or less. The cost is anywhere from five to eight dollars a piece. The cheapest I have found is five dollars for a three pound chicken. That is 1.67 a pound, Chickens are a buck a pound or less all the time. That is about 70 percent more.
2) The ratio of meat to bone has a break even point of three pounds. It is never a good buy to buy a chicken less than three pounds, and a five pound chicken is the best buy.
3) you don't know where that chicken has been. I only buy Washington or Oregon grown chicken for reasons I won't delve into here.
4) it smells so good to have a chicken roasting in the oven.
5) you can use your own seasonings and make it taste better.
The biggie is that a five pound chicken roasted at home gives you a lot more bang for your buck.
A chicken takes me about ten minutes tops to pu in the oven.
Wash the inside of the chicken and scrape it out with a spoon. Dump a handful of salt on the cavity ( a couple of tablespoons. ) stuff it woth anything you have hanging around. -- short of the kids dirty sox! LOL. ... An orange, apple, lemon, onion, etc.
Massage olive oil on the skin, top and bottom.
Pit in roasting pan and roast at 375 degrees until done. I use a meat thermometer that registers 179 degrees for well done chicken, Juices should run clear and the leg should break away easy.
Wash everything that you touch with raw chicken well. I use a glass cutting board and put ot through the dishwasher or disinfect it along with the counters , sink, and any implements I use.
That is standard procedure for any raw meat! Don't cross contaminate raw veggies with raw meat.
I cut a chicken apart and break it down to the bones, dark meat, and cut the breast in two.
- Roast chicken dinner with mashed potatoes etc.
- chicken pot pie
- Chicken tacos or enchiladas. ( make scratch enchalada sauce...the canned kind can cost more than the chicken.
- Chicken soup
- Buffalo chicken pizza
- Chicken noodle casserole
Guess that's all