Chickens were and still are a sacred animal in some cultures. However, in America, this poultry has infiltrated the Caesar salad, been made a staple on the plates of dieters, and even a favorite for kids eating dinner from the fast food window.
Chicken is the ubiquitous food of our era, crossing multiple cultural boundaries with ease. With its mild taste and uniform texture, chicken presents an intriguingly blank canvas for the flavor palette of almost any cuisine.
- Chicken is a very rich protein source, with one 4-ounce serving of providing about 28 grams of protein, or 50% of the recommended Daily Value.
- White meat chicken can be a great low-fat alternative to beef and pork.
- Chicken is a very rich vitamin and mineral source, providing a measurable amount of all the B vitamins except biotin, as well selenium and phosphorus.
- Pastured raised chickens may even provide omega-3 fatty acids, including both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Best Ways to Use
- Chicken salad can be prepared for lunch or dinner on the grill, in the oven, or on the stove.
- Add pieces of diced chicken breast to chili, stir-fry’s, and casseroles to rev up its protein and nutritional content.
- Wrap cooked chicken pieces in a whole wheat tortilla, sprinkle with chopped tomatoes and onions, top with grated low-fat cheese and broil, making yourself a healthy burrito.
- Adding chicken breasts to a slow cooker with some sort of liquid (broth, salsa, water & seasonings, etc.) is an easy way to prep pounds of protein that can be utilized for the whole week.