chicken

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Also known as

Murgi, Murghi, Kombdi, Kukada.

Description

Chicken is the meat derived from chicken. It is the most common type of poultry in the world, and is frequently prepared as food in a large number of ways. Chickens raised specifically for meat are called broilers. The broilers are typically butchered at a young age, for example, most are butchered as early as 8 weeks for fryers and 12 weeks for roasting birds. Typically, the muscle tissue (breast, legs, thigh, etc), livers, hearts, and gizzard are processed for food. Chicken feet are commonly eaten, especially in French and Chinese cuisine. Chicken wings refers to a serving of the wing sections of a chicken. Exotic parts like pygostyle (chicken's buttocks) and testicles are commonly eaten in East Asia and some part of South east asia. Whole mature chickens are marketed in the United States as fryers, broilers, and roasters.
Fryers are the smallest size, and the most common as chicken reach this size quickly. Most dismembered packaged chicken would be sold whole as fryers. For a fast method of cooking, such as frying a small bird is appropriate - frying a large piece of chicken results in the inside being undercooked when the outside is ready, so these small birds are used.

Broilers are larger than fryers. They are typically sold whole.

Roasters, or roasting hens, are the largest chickens sold and are typically more expensive.
Capons are young, castrated roosters that weigh from 5 to 7 pounds. These richly flavored birds have a higher fat content and yield more meat than roasters.

Stewing hens are adult chickens from 1 to 1-1/2 years old. They weigh from 4-1/2 to 7 pounds and have tough, stringy meat. Stewing hens are excellent for stocks, soups or stews, since moist-heat preparation tenderizes them and enhances their chicken-y flavor.

Chicken curry cut
Curry cut variant is developed keeping in mind the consumer's need of making curries; can call it 'curry ready' cut of chicken. Curry Cut' is tender, fresh and processed cut-pieces of chicken with a shelf life of 3 to 4 days. Curry Cut caters to homemakers who prefer branded and hygienic products and provides them with a new experience that combines convenience, taste and hygiene. Traditionally, consumers have had to go through the process of visiting unhygienic wet markets to purchase live chicken in often unhygienic conditions and have them cleaned and cut into smaller pieces to get rid of unwanted parts like gizzard, liver, skin, etc. With the launch of RGC Curry Cut, consumers can now avail of a pack of fresh, tasty 'Curry Cut' at their nearest retail outlet in a manner that is convenient and save times.
Chicken mince
Ground chicken or chicken mince contains lean meat and trimmings from the leg, breast, or thighs. It is mechanically ground and sold in bulk or in patty form. Chicken mince is usually prepared by braising, broiling, grilling, panbroiling, panfrying, roasting, or baking.
Country chicken
is a breed of chicken which are usually bigger in size than broilers.Commonly known as Desi chicken, the flesh is not as tender as broilers. The flesh is however much more flavourful than the broilers and hence preferred by many over broilers.
Deboned chicken
refers to the cut whereion the bones are removed fronm the chicken flesh. This is done by first pulling the leg away from the body and scraping with the sharp edge of the knife through the connecting skin and tissue.A boning knife is used for deboning the chicken.A sharp boning knife will remove the wings and legs from body easily and since you are cutting through the joints and not bones, the thin blade gives great speed and flexibility. Boneless chicken is used in many recipes across different cuisines.
Derby chicken
Refers to a batter coated deep fried chicken recipe which is served during Derby (horse racing) matches. The concept was popularized by Fast food chain Kentucky's and is commonly known as Kentucky's Chicken Derby.
Jointed chicken
Jointed chicken refers to dressed and trimmed whole chicken, which can be cut at home as per the recipe requirements. The jointed chicken can be later cut into 9, 10 or 12 pieces , comprising of the legs, breasts , wings and carcass. If you want to make the joints more tidy, cut off the end section of the wings (the wing tips), and the knobbly end of the legs. Add these to the carcass for stock. The legs can also be cut in half to give you thighs and drumsticks.

How to select

The vast selection of chicken products -- from boneless, skinless chicken breasts to whole capons -- can make choosing the right ones for your favorite chicken recipes a challenge. Knowing the differences between types of chicken make it easier to buy and cook with chicken in your kitchen. Another important aspect to remember when choosing chicken is the color and smell. To avoid spoiled chicken, be sure to choose chicken that is creamy white to deep yellow in appearance. Cut-up chickens, usually broiler-fryers, are disjointed whole chickens consisting of two breast halves, two thighs, two wings, and two drumsticks. Small broiler-fryers are also available in halves and quartersCheck for the expiry date , in case of packaged chicken.

Culinary Uses

" Chicken can be cooked in innumerable ways; it can be made into sausages, put in salads, grilled, breaded and deep-fried, or used in various curries
" There is significant variation in cooking methods amongst cultures; historically common methods include roasting, baking and frying.
" Chicken dishes are liked by almost all non-vegetarian food lovers. They make for excellent cutlets, kababs, curries, biryani and other Tandoori items.
" Today, chicken are also cooked by deep frying and prepared as fast food as Fried Chicken, chicken nuggets or Buffalo wings.
" A few common Indian chicken dishes are Butter chicken ,Chicken Kadai or Kadai Murg, Chicken Fry, Chicken chettinad and Chicken tikka masala.
" Economical, versatile, and readily available, chicken is the perfect ingredient for easy, everyday recipes, as well as entertaining. It also stars in thousands of sought-after ethnic and regional recipes -- from chicken marsala, chicken parmesan, chicken enchiladas, and sesame chicken, to oven fried chicken with apple or pineapple.

How to store

Chicken can keep in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to two days. Also, make sure to store chicken in the freezer in an airtight package.

Health benefits

" Chicken boasts a positive nutritional profile, as well. It is high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol, and contains zero carbs, making it a winning choice for healthy eating.




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