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Chicken

Also Known As : Murgi
Technical Name : Gallus gallus domesticus

Non-vegetarian

Taste Profile

It doesn't have any distinctive smell or taste by itself

Usage Tips

  1. It can be prepared in a vast range of ways, including baking, grilling, barbecuing, frying, and boiling.
  2. Roasted chicken is one of the tastiest, most satisfying dishes you can make.
  3. Sautéed or pan-fried chicken lets flavors develop while also ensuring that the chicken is fully cooked. Many recipes using chicken sauté can be made at home.
  4. It can be cooked to make soups, broths and broils.
  5. Using the smoker (or grill set up as a smoker) is a nice alternative to simply roasting a whole bird covered with herbs and spices in the oven.
  6. In Indian cuisines it is usually consumed either as a curry or in the form of biryani.

Common names and forms

  1. Chicken Breast
  2. Chicken breast (whole)
  3. Chicken Meat
  4. Chicken Mince
  5. Chicken Pieces
  6. Chicken thigh
  7. Chicken wing
  8. chicken wings
  9. Chopped Chicken piece
  10. Skinless chicken leg
  11. Whole chicken without skin

Description

Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world which is raised in many places for its meat and eggs. It was among one of the first domesticated animals. A male chicken is called a rooster or a cockerel while a female chicken is called a hen. Because of its low cost, chicken meat (also called "chicken") is one of the most used kinds of meat in the world. There are only four pure Indian breeds of chicken that are available which include; Aseel which is further classified as Peela (Golden red), Yakub (Black and red), Nuri (White), Kagar (Black), Chitta (Black and white spotted), Java (Black), Sabja (White and golden or black with yellow or silver), Teekar (brown) and Reza (light red). Chittagong is also known as Malay and comes in buff, white, black, dark brown and grey varieties.Kadaknath and Busra are the other two types of Indian breeds.

Health benefits

  • Apart from protein, chicken is rich in several minerals like phosphorus and calcium which maintain bone health by ensuring bone mineralization. This keeps the bones strong and rigid and prevents the chances of osteoporosis. (1)
  • It has two nutrients that are great for reducing stress – tryptophan and Vitamin B5. Both of these nutrients have a calming effect on the body. This makes chicken an excellent option after a stressful day. (1)
  • Magnesium present in chicken helps to soothe the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome and fights various mood changes that a woman might experience during her periods. (1)
  • Anserine is a bioactive antioxidant compound found in many animal foods. Studies indicate that it can lower heart rate and blood pressure. Chicken is considered among the best food sources of anserine. (2)
  • Chicken skin and bone-in cuts of chicken meat contain large concentrations of the amino acid glycine. It is a primary (non-essential) amino acid that is involved in collagen synthesis. Collagen is good for the health of our skin. (2)
  • The most concentrated mineral found in chicken meat is selenium. Some researchers believe that selenium may potentially reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body and thus act as a potent antioxidant. (2)

Selection Guide

Make sure to buy freshly cut chicken from a chicken shop. While buying processed or packaged chicken ensure that it is not more than a day old.

Note

There are extremely high chances of suffering from food poisoning from salmonella, campylobacter spp., and other bacteria and germs in chicken. Consuming a diet that’s very high on animal protein and low on fruit and vegetables could up your risk of cancer thus, regular consumption is not a fairly good idea. Arsenic is increasingly being made a part of chicken feed, mainly to ward off diarrhea, improve pigmentation, and help ensure good growth. However, this increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, neurological problems, and even cancer in humans. (3)

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