I'm talking about the chicken breast I grilled last night. Yesterday, I needed to take out some chicken to defrost before using it for dinner.
I've read articles and other blog posts about how our chicken breasts have increased in size over the last several year for a variety of reasons - antibiotics, hormones, chicken feed, small cages, deliberate breeding. And now I'm afraid that my beloved Costco bag-o-chicken has succumb to one (or all) of the above.
The protein in my main meals consists mostly of chicken and/or beans. I eat red meat less than once a month, pork on a rare occasion and never cook it for myself, and can't eat seafood. So chicken is a mainstay in my diet. The big bags are really cost effective for the amount of chicken I use. While the organic and free-range chicken is certainly appealing, the cost and the (sometimes) difficulty in getting it prevents me from doing so. A friend of mine who tends to shop on the organic side of things told me she also buys her chicken at Costco, but it's organic. The breasts, she said, are definitely normal chicken breast size. I'll have to do some comparative shopping and maybe some more research before I buy anymore, however the new bag of chicken has scarcely been used. The problem is, after seeing that super-breast and the others in the bag, I'm a bit hesitant to use anymore. The thought of it has given me a slight case of the heebee jeebees.