From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishchickenchick‧en1 /ˈtʃɪkɪn/ ●●● S2 noun 1 BIRD[countable]HBATA a common farm bird that is kept for its meat and eggs → hen, cock, rooster, chick2 MEAT[uncountable]DFF the meat from this bird eaten as food roast chicken fried chicken chicken soup3 somebody WHO IS NOT BRAVE[countable] informalBRAVE someone who is not at all brave SYN coward Don’t be such a chicken!4 GAME[uncountable]DGO a game in which children do something dangerous, for example stand on a railway line when a train is coming, and try to be the one who continues doing it for the longest time5 → which came first, the chicken or the egg?6 → a chicken and egg situation/problem etc7 → somebody’s chickens have come home to roost → don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched at count1(8), → spring chickenCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: the meat from this bird eaten as foodadjectivesfresh (=recently killed and not frozen)Is the chicken fresh?frozenWe never buy cheap frozen chicken.free-range (=from a chicken that moved around outside and ate naturally)All the chicken we serve is free-range.roast chicken (=cooked in an oven)For dinner we're having roast chicken.fried chicken (=cooked in oil)They filled their plates with fried chicken.skinless chicken (=with the skin removed)For this recipe, you will need a two pounds of skinless chicken. chicken + NOUNchicken breast/thigh/wingChop the chicken breast into pieces.a chicken piece (=a chicken breast, leg, thigh or wing)You will need two chicken pieces per person.chicken drumsticks (=the lower part of chicken legs)party food, such as sandwiches and chicken drumsticksa chicken sandwich/salad/pie etcI'll make a chicken pie with the leftovers.verbsstuff a chicken (=fill a chicken with a mixture of onion, lemon, herbs etc)carve a chicken (=cut up a whole chicken that has been cooked)
Examples from the Corpuschicken• I'm such a chicken when it comes to skiing.• Oh, and Marge will bake you a chicken pie.• But captain Alan Lee is not counting any chickens.• But foxes in chicken runs get shot, and now the Israelites get the plague.• We raise our own chickens.• A hen or stewing chicken or fowl is a mature female chicken, more than ten months old.• Boy, that chicken smells good.• Put the chicken into the marinade and leave for at least 1 hour.• Make the filling: Season the chicken well with salt and pepper.chickenchicken2 verb → chicken out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuschicken• We didn't make Abisko, chickening out as the weather worsened and the forecasts began to sound even more dire.• If she waited for too long, she would simply chicken out.chickenchicken3 adjective [not before noun] informal BRAVEnot brave enough to do something SYN cowardly Dave’s too chicken to ask her out.
Examples from the Corpuschicken• I even thought Shaker was chicken.• The menu is heavy on meat and potatoes, with just a few token turkey, chicken and fish entrees.Origin chicken1 Old English cicen “young chicken”