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Oh My! Those are Small Breasts!

Delaware Chicken

Delaware Chicken

The size of a chicken’s breast varies depending on the breed. Delaware chickens, a heritage breed we raised last year, have small breasts compared to a Cornish X. The Cornish X is not a breed of chicken but a chicken developed from selective breeding. They also grow very differently; heritage birds take about 14 – 18 weeks to maturity vs 6 to 8 weeks for the Cornish X. Mother Earth News published an article comparing the two types.

Below is a very good oven-fried chicken recipe that I think is much better with my small-breasted heritage chickens.

Oven-Fried Chicken
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper
1 chicken cut up
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter

Combine the first 6 ingrediants. Dip the chicken in milk then roll it in the cornmeal mixture. Place in a greased 13 x 9 2 baking dish. Drizzle with the butter. Bake uncovered at 375º for 50 – 55 minutes.