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    Pa. Hiker
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:08 pm
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    So many recipes call for chicken in terms of cups - how many ounces of chicken are in a cup?
    Amberngriffinco
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:34 pm
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    wouldn't it just be 8 oz for a cup and 16 oz for a cup, or, maybe it's diff b/c it's NOT a liquid. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Dee514
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:45 pm
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    According to Cups to Weight by Ingredient

    It is a little less than 5 ounces. I would use 5 ounces of cooked, (boneless/skinless) chicken per cup for recipes.

    Chicken - cooked - meat only - shredded = 1 cup = 125grams = -5oz
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    8 ounces is a standard US measure for 1 cup liquid.
    16 ounces is a standard US measure for 2 cups/1pint liquid.

    Solids will vary in weight by ingredient.
    1 cup of feathers weighs much less than 1 cup of lead beads.
    Pa. Hiker
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:15 pm
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    Thanks, that's a lot of help. It's a bit of a pain when something is measured differently than how it's sold.
    Chocolatl
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:30 pm
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    Pa. Hiker wrote:
    Thanks, that's a lot of help. It's a bit of a pain when something is measured differently than how it's sold.


    To be fair to the recipe posters, they're probably posting the ingredient the way they measured it. When I use cooked chicken, I measure it by the cup (when I measure at all), because it's chicken I cooked myself.
    Pa. Hiker
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:41 pm
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    Chocolatl wrote:
    Pa. Hiker wrote:
    Thanks, that's a lot of help. It's a bit of a pain when something is measured differently than how it's sold.


    To be fair to the recipe posters, they're probably posting the ingredient the way they measured it. When I use cooked chicken, I measure it by the cup (when I measure at all), because it's chicken I cooked myself.


    Oh, I understand that, but it is irritating. Even cookbooks do it that way, and that bugs me too. I have a bread recipe that states to use a 5-lb. bag of flour, less 1-1/2 cups, to make 4 loaves, try converting that down to 1 loaf and you can go nuts.

    As with many bakers, I have been slowly converting my recipes to weights rather than cups (flour, sugar, etc.) as it is easier to convert and resize recipes, and more accurate in measurement. A 1 cup measure of flour can vary from 120g-150g depending on how packed or fluffed the flour is when you measure, and in a bread recipe that is a major difference.
    Chocolatl
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:45 pm
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    I don't think a lot of people are going to be doing that with cooked chicken, though! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    Skooch
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:50 pm
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    Pa. Hiker wrote:
    So many recipes call for chicken in terms of cups - how many ounces of chicken are in a cup?


    I'm just the opposite. I would rather see a recipe call for 1 cup chicken rather than 5 ounces. icon_biggrin.gif
    Pa. Hiker
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:00 pm
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    Skooch wrote:
    I'm just the opposite. I would rather see a recipe call for 1 cup chicken rather than 5 ounces. icon_biggrin.gif


    But, how do you know how much to purchase? The recipe I am working on calls for 3-1/2 cups of cubed chicken. I have no freaking idea what size chicken to buy.
    peachez
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:17 pm
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    As with many bakers, I have been slowly converting my recipes to weights rather than cups (flour, sugar, etc.) as it is easier to convert and resize recipes, and more accurate in measurement. A 1 cup measure of flour can vary from 120g-150g depending on how packed or fluffed the flour is when you measure, and in a bread recipe that is a major difference.[/quote]

    Flour amounts will still vary by humidity, altitude, grind of flour - ( European bread doughs are known to be stickier than American hands are used to ) tis the nature of the beasts... its all good too. icon_wink.gif
    SarasotaCook
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:18 pm
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    You got to realize it also depends on individuals and how they cut the chicken. I try to state in my recipes fine chopped or, cubed or rough chopped, because it does matter.

    However, one persons version of chopped fine and others is amazing. Yes it equals the same but creates a whole new texture to the dish.

    Also, my rule thumb is a medium to small breast cooked and diced is about 1 cup to 1 1/4 chopped. That is usually pretty close.

    But anytime I make chicken I make my own and any left over, why not freeze. Slice and put in a small baggie in the freezer or fridge. Later in the week is makes a great sandwich for lunch.

    I roast a chicken almost 1x per week. Just a plain chicken with a little generic seasoning. I rarely eat it that night, but I just cut it up and bag it. Freezer. I can use it for anything
    Chocolatl
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:19 pm
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    Pa. Hiker wrote:
    Skooch wrote:
    I'm just the opposite. I would rather see a recipe call for 1 cup chicken rather than 5 ounces. icon_biggrin.gif


    But, how do you know how much to purchase? The recipe I am working on calls for 3-1/2 cups of cubed chicken. I have no freaking idea what size chicken to buy.


    When I make a recipe with cooked chicken it's usually leftovers, and for that reason I also prefer cups.

    But recipes are guidelines, not commands. A little more or less chicken in a dish isn't going to ruin it.
    Pa. Hiker
    Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:33 pm
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    Chocolatl wrote:
    But recipes are guidelines, not commands. A little more or less chicken in a dish isn't going to ruin it.


    True, but you need a starting place. When you buy the chicken you don't want to be short; and I don't want to buy and cook a lot more than I need - I hate wasting food.

    I had the same problem last year with zucchini, a recipe that called for 3/4 cup cubed. I get to the market and have every size and shape possible, with no real idea what I actually need.
    As someone said earlier, the size of the cube can vary greatly just how large of a zucchini you need.

    Sometimes a little more or less doesn't make much of a difference, but larger difference can mean varying the amount of liquid or other ingredients in the recipe.



    This has been an entertaining topic, glad I asked the question. I spoke with the butcher at the market and he helped me select the right sized roaster for what I need. I should have about a leg/thigh more than I need, but that's not a problem.
    muffinlady
    Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:24 am
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    I ususally just guess but I have a cookbook that has yields that takes out the guess work. It says 1 five lb chicken equals 4 cups diced and cooked and 2 (10 oz) breasts equal 1 1/2 -2 cups cooked chicken or 12 thin slices if sliced when cold. Hope that helps.
    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle
    Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:47 am
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    Pa. Hiker wrote:
    Skooch wrote:
    I'm just the opposite. I would rather see a recipe call for 1 cup chicken rather than 5 ounces. icon_biggrin.gif


    But, how do you know how much to purchase? The recipe I am working on calls for 3-1/2 cups of cubed chicken. I have no freaking idea what size chicken to buy.


    When I created Tarragon-Thyme Chicken Salad W/C. Ginger, Pecans, & Craisins I noted what type chicken I used, and how much cooked chicken it yielded, and noted it on the recipe!

    3 1/2 lbs bone-in chicken breasts (yields about 4 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken)
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