Word of Mouth: Poussin

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Poussin [poo-SAHN] n. French for a very young, small chicken.

Last month Florence Fabricant offered a recipe for Poussin with Apple Stuffing in the Times. Feeling sheepish, I had to look up the word. It was obviously some kind of fowl, and I discovered it is a very small chicken, enough for one adult portion. They're nearly identical to Cornish game hens, although those are usually of the Rock Cornish breed, and a poussin can be of any breed. They also go by spring chicken and coquelet.

Fabricant's recipe is still available and would make a delicious and unusual Thanksgiving main dish, especially if you are cooking for just two or three.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.