Hendl is the Austro-Bavarian
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word for "chicken
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", most commonly in its roasted form.
Hendln are traditionally served in Bavarian beer garden
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s or at festivals such as Oktoberfest
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, and are generally eaten with a Brezen and/or a Maß
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. They are also widely available from mobile rotisserie trucks that park near well-frequented locations such as supermarkets or large parking lots.
The standard German
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term is "Hähnchen" or "Brathähnchen". In East Germany it is often called "Broiler".