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Cooking with versatile chicken

Is chicken the most popular meat we eat? It may be. The average American eats 87 broilers each year, more than double the number his grandfather ate 30 years ago. While a simple roasted chicken is the most popular way to prepare chicken, there are hundreds of other ways to cook this widely available food.

Everyday easy chicken : simple suppers, roasts, on-pot, leftovers.
 
New York : DK Publishing, 2009.
Everyday Easy: Chickenis a single-ingredient resource for chicken lovers. Six "recipe choosers" at the start of the book act as an instant reference for cooks in a hurry. A useful techniques section covers all the preparation methods you may need step-by-step. Icons with each recipe indicate serving proportions, prep. time, cooking time, and - where relevant - low fat, low GI, special equipment, and freezability. Other handy extras include: "Prepare Ahead" information and "Good With ..." tips.
     
150 quick & easy chicken recipes : delicious everyday dishes for chicken, duck and turkey shown in over 180 photographs
Valerie Ferguson.
London : Southwater, c2009.
Simply Chicken provides inspiration for all occasions whether you are preparing a midweek supper or entertaining. With 145 delicious recipes, this is the essential cook's source book and kitchen reference for everyone who enjoys chicken, turkey and duck.
     
500 ways to cook chicken : the ultimate poultry and game bird cookbook, with easy-to-follow ideas for every occasion
[consultant editor], Valerie Ferguson.
London : Southwater, c2009.
Enjoy the versatility of chicken, turkey and game in this fabulous collection of 500 delicious recipes. Every dish is presented with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and has a clear picture of the finished recipe.
     

Broil it, bake it, fry or saute it. Stuff it, roast it, use it in stir-fry—there are so many ways to prepare it! Hot wings served up with beer and chips is a new American classic. Grandmother’s cornmeal encrusted fried chicken dinner makes for a Sunday meal dear to our hearts. Our mother’s comforting chicken soup helps cure our colds. Chicken plays a key role in American life in so many ways.

Benefits of chicken over other meats:

Usually less expensive

Contains more protein and nutrients

Lower in saturated fats and cholesterol 

What kind do you like? Dark chicken or light? The different textures of white and dark meat are one of the marvels of this versatile food. People can choose free range chickens that taste different from commercially raised fowl. But more easily available and affordable, commercial chickens are readily available in a variety of cuts.

Many other cultures feature chicken in their diet. Italians make cacciatora. Japanese cooks prepare miso chicken dishes. Indian and Jamaican cooks make curried chicken, while Spanish cooks make chicken with rice dishes. Explore the world of cooking with chicken—you’ll be surprised at the sheer number of tastes this simple bird produces!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff