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Dr. Brennan wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is chicken considered a meat, and
  • Are we allowed to eat it on Good Friday and Fridays during Lent?

I have been told two different things:

  • Some tell me that you can eat chicken on Good Friday, as it is poultry . . . not meat.
  • Others tell me you can't eat chicken, because it is a meat.

  • Which is true?

Dr. Brennan

  { Is chicken considered a meat or poultry and what do we have to abstain from during Lent? }

Eric replied:

Dear Dr. Brennan,

Thanks for the question.

Chicken is definitely classified as meat. However, chicken fat, as found in broth, is not considered meat.

All fowl, including chicken, are excluded from consumption by the laws of abstinence but condiments made from animals (e.g. broths and flavorings) are permitted.  Eggs and milk are also permitted.

Eric Ewanco
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