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Old 04-03-2024, 01:35 PM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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This was around the year 2000. My wife's employer had a very good year so took all the couples to a fancy 4 or 5 star restaurant. There were only three main dishes available. I remember one was some kind of Calimari. the vast majority chose this chicken dish. It was like a half chicken breast but not a whole heck of a lot of meat on it. The distinguishing thing about the chicken was that one of the wing or leg bones was sticking out perpendicular to the body of the bird. There were no heavy sauces or things like stuffing with the bird. It was all fancy and expensive, but I left hungrier than I came in.

I appreciated the gesture, but it seemed a waste as most people we talked to found the meal to be too small, not all that tasty and many were still hungry. It was around a hundred dollars a plate in the year 2000.

I guess I am an unkempt barbarian or something.

Anyway. Anyone have any ideas what the name of the dish was?
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Old 04-03-2024, 02:14 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Are you sure it was chicken? Fancy restaurants will sometimes serve squab (immature domestic pigeon) Quail, Pheasant or Cornish Game Hens. All look and taste much like chicken but are smaller. It could also be some special breed of chicken that's smaller. I once had dinner at the farm of family friends and they served chicken that had previously been running around their yard, and it was not at all like the commercially grown grocery store chicken. Given the choice of Calamari and Chicken I would also go with the chicken regardless of how served.
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Old 04-03-2024, 02:42 PM
 
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Does this look familiar?
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Old 04-03-2024, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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How about this?

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/26...hicken-breast/
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Old 04-05-2024, 06:18 AM
 
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Clevergirls pic is closest but the bone was thicker and at a perpendicular angle. It was definitely chicken. The color was a bit lighter tho not massively.
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Old 04-05-2024, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I was going to guess airline chicken breast. Maybe the bone got disjointed before serving, which made it look wierd.
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Old 04-05-2024, 09:01 AM
 
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I was going to guess airline chicken breast. Maybe the bone got disjointed before serving, which made it look wierd.
Everyone's bird looked weird. I remember thinking "What the...?"
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Old 04-05-2024, 09:14 AM
 
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Everyone's bird looked weird. I remember thinking "What the...?"

If it was only 1 leg, it was half a bird.
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Old 04-05-2024, 09:45 AM
 
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I'm guessing it might have been Pheasant, which aren't very meaty but have a milder flavor like Chicken. Plain Chicken wouldn't have been on a $100 a plate menu in 2000. I'm more inclined to think the memory is less vivid and we're talking Duck, which is routinely served with the leg twisted at that angle.
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Old 04-05-2024, 02:17 PM
 
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Clevergirls pic is closest but the bone was thicker and at a perpendicular angle. It was definitely chicken. The color was a bit lighter tho not massively.
Interesting photo. I've never actually seen a quail prepared that way.
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