The hen is the female of the rooster which lays eggs. The deposition lasts about a little over a year (with an average of about 250 eggs per year), after which the bird is slaughtered and marketed. Its weight is usually around 2-3 kilos. An excellent broth is obtained from a well-fleshed hen, with evenly distributed fats and a weight not exceeding 2 kilos.

Besides being boiled, the hen also lends itself to important preparations.

Here's an easy way to dress up your chicken breasts and make them special enough for a dinner party. This combination is from Emilia Romagna, where both Parma ham and Parmesan are made. You can substitute veal for the chicken if you prefer

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