View Full Version : Quantity of chicken in a box

08-10-2012, 06:40 AM
When it comes to competition chicken, I'm still learning the ropes. I know you want at least 6 uniform pieces of chicken, but what is more important?

Larger thighs with more meat so they fill in the box...or
Smaller thighs to get more than 6 in a box?

08-10-2012, 06:47 AM
Whatever has the best moisture content for you. Either works.

Balls Casten
08-10-2012, 08:22 AM
Quality first ... then fill the box.
As was told to me ... "only put good meat in the box"

08-10-2012, 08:52 AM
Whichever size you cook the best. If you go with the smaller thighs I think it does help the appearance score if you put more in to fill the box. keith

Balls Casten
08-10-2012, 08:57 AM
6 pieces can fill a box

08-10-2012, 11:16 AM
I typically include six pieces. At Rockford, I crammed nine pieces in and made a mess of the box with sauce smudges everywhere. Took us five minutes longer to get the box in due to the mess I made. Our appearance scores were 9,9,9,9,8,8 so I don't think it hurt us much. As others said, don't turn in sub-par meat just to fill the box. Only turn in pieces you are okay with being judged on.