My chicken cookbook is 30 years old, but chickens are larger now. How do I adjust the recipes?

For instance, a recipe calls for 4 chicken breasts. Should I double the rest of the ingredients to match larger pieces?

Michaela Johnson
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Xiami L. November 6, 2018
According to this marketwatch article (, a chicken 30 years ago weighed about 4 lbs. A chicken today weighs about 6 lbs. today, a chicken breast weighs between 0.5 to 0.75 lbs (8 to 12 oz), which is a 6th to 4th to of the total weight. Now, the breasts likely increased at a higher rate than the rest of the chicken over time, but we could estimate that the chicken breast of the 1980s weighs about 5 or 6 oz. That is 20 to 24 oz of chicken breasts, or around 2 to 3 chicken breasts of today.
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