Chicken

Food for the soul

In Greece we have an old saying which is translated as “Life and Chicken” to describe “having a good time”, ‘cause in the past chicken was rather expensive and people would enjoy it only on special occasions.

kotopoulo2Nowadays, chicken is rather cheap and either roasted or grilled, poached or fried, it can be combined with a wide range of herbs and spices to make a delicious, flavorful and nutritious meal.

It is the world’s primary source of animal protein and that’s no wonder. It is a healthy alternative to red meat, it is available to enjoy throughout the year everywhere and it is so versatile in terms of cooking that every cuisine has something to do with it.

Chicken is a very good source of protein, and people who are meat eaters, but are looking for ways to reduce the amount of fat in their meals, should try eating more chicken. Chicken is also an excellent source of the cancer-protective B vitamin, niacin, and a good source of vitamin B6. This particular mix of B-complex vitamins makes chicken a helpful food in supporting energy metabolism throughout the body. In addition, chicken is a very good source of selenium and phosphorus.

The practice of raising chickens for food is ancient, with the first domestication of poultry thought to have occurred in southern Asia over 4,000 years ago. Aristophanes, the ancient Greek father of comedy had entitled one of his most famous playwrights “Ornithes” which means chickens.

kotopoulo1In Greece chickens are usually “free-range” raised, meaning they are mostly raised outdoors in nature and they’re not confined to a henhouse. Because of that they’re tastier and better for our health since they’re raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics.

Chicken is delicious, nutritious and can be prepared in a multitude of ways. Traditional Greek dishes with poultry products are “pastitsada” or rooster with hylopites, a kind of Greek noodles, baked in the oven with potatoes and stewed with okra or green beans. So if you’ll find yourself in Greece, don’t hesitate to taste the healthy and tasty Greek chicken in a traditional recipe, you’ll be deliciously rewarded for your choice.

MLGFB Tip:

  • To avoid chicken salmonella, be extremely careful when handling raw chicken that it does not come in contact with other foods, especially those that will be served uncooked.
  • Wash the cutting board, utensils and even your hands very well with hot soapy water after handling the chicken.

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