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Everything you need to know about chicken

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Curtis Stone's whole roasted chicken with lemon and shallot asparagus

One of the most popular meats, here is a guide to everything you need to know about chicken and how it can be a great source of nutrition for growing kids.

Cuts

Even a beast as small as the chicken offers a variety of cuts, some more expensive than others. Here is a guide.

Breast The very-popular chicken breast is lean and easy to cook with. It's the meatiest part of the chicken and responds well to fast cooking methods like barbecues, stir-fries and pan-frying.

Wing Wings are small but very flavoursome, particularly when marinated before cooking. They make a great finger food and are inexpensive.

Drumstick Full of flavour, drumsticks are suited to fast and slow cooking methods. Older toddlers and pre-schoolers will love them in picnic baskets and lunch boxes (as long as they’re stored safely).

Thigh The thigh is richer and more flavoursome than the breast, and can withstand both slow and fast cooking. It tends to be less expensive than breast meat too.

Maryland This is a combination of the thigh and the drumstick together in one cut. It has great flavour due to its slightly higher fat content.

Nutrition

Chicken is packed with protein; in fact one serve of chicken breast (100g) provides more than 50 percent of the recommended dietary intake of protein. Chicken is also a valuable source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and essential amino acids. Babies can start trying chicken at eight months of age.

Kid-watch

Many parents want to source food for their children which is as pure and natural as possible. It has to be noted that chickens have had a (rather undeserved) reputation as a meat with a lot of additives – and that, coupled with the idea of unpleasant caged-chicken farming, has made chicken unpopular in some quarters. The good news is that Australian chickens haven’t had hormones added for more than four decades. As well, Australian families who want to shop ethically and healthily by buying free range and organic chickens can now do so at most supermarkets.

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