fryer vs. roasting chicken difference?!?

ZannaJune 18, 2001

I've been lurking here for some time, and I decided to try the sticky chicken recipe. Well, it was my husband's turn to do the grocery shopping, and he brought home a "fryer" chicken. Is that the same as a roasting chicken? I know this is a really dumb question, but I really have no idea.

Thanks for your help!


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Technically a fryer is a smaller bird in the 3-5lb range. A roaster can be quite a bit larger, 6-8lbs. Roasters are a little plumper (fattier, I think) which makes them good for long cooking in the oven. You could probably use either one in the recipe. The birds in the grocery stores are on the smaller side indicating fryers.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2001 at 5:39PM
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Thank you!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2001 at 9:48PM
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Friers are also more tender and cook more quickly than roasters, so you might want to cut back on the cooking period so you don't end up with dry, overcooked chicken. Corrie

    Bookmark   July 9, 2001 at 12:19PM
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Zanna, we only can find 3 to 4 lbs. chickens in Calif. I made Sticky Chicken with a 3 lb. 4 oz. bird...cooked it the whole 5 hours, breast side down, and it was perfect!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2001 at 8:55PM
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