Difference Between Fryer & Roaster Chicken

by Faith Davies ; Updated September 28, 2017

As a food, chickens are classified by the age of the bird. Fryers and roasters are two classifications of chicken, each with its own characteristics.


Fryer chickens are 7 to 13 weeks old, while roaster chickens are 3 to 5 months old.


Fryer chickens weigh between 1 1/2 and 4 lbs. Roasters are larger and weigh between 3 1/2 and 7 lbs.

Serving Size

A whole fryer chicken is typically enough food to serve three to four people, and a roaster chicken serves between five and seven people.


The meat of a roaster chicken is typically more flavorful than a fryer.


While roaster meat is tender as well, the meat of the fryer chicken is especially tender.

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Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.