More to Chew On: Last Bites From Around the Country

By The Chew Crew Sep 24, 2012

Here at The Chew we like a good chicken dish.  So, today we dedicated the entire show to chicken.  Before you start cooking, we’ve got a few things you should know about this preferred protein.

Don’t Wash Your Chicken

The USDA recommends not washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb or veal before cooking. Washing meat and chicken creates the danger of cross-contamination, the agency reports. Washing allows most bacteria on the surface of meat and poultry to be spread to ready-to-eat foods, kitchen utensils, and counter surfaces.

Chicken Stock vs. Chicken Broth
Chicken broth and chicken stock are different. Chicken stock tends to be made more from bony parts, whereas chicken broth is made more out of meat. Chicken stock tends to have a fuller feel and richer flavor, due to the gelatin released by long-simmering bones.
Chicken Skin Isn’t That Bad for You

Do you remove the chicken skin before you eat for health reasons? 55% of the fat in chicken skin is monounsaturated - the heart-healthy kind. But don’t indulge only in the skin.
How Often Do You Eat Chicken?
According to the National Chicken Council, the average American eats 3 servings of chicken per week.  This means that Americans eat, on average, 60 pounds of chicken per year!
The Chew crew knows how hard it can be to get your chicken dish just right so they answered a couple of your questions.
@dodgeballtm: Moist chicken? I’m hopeless. Always comes out dry! baked, fried… any way I cook it.
The Chew Answer: Cut the chicken breast against the grain. Breaks up the muscle fibers and makes it more tender.

Let your chicken rest after cooking. If you cut right away, juices will leak right out.

@eharris44: when I go to the store and buy a chicken… what should I be looking for?
Here are the three things you should remember when buying a chicken.
Stay away from buying already seasoned chicken.
Beware of sagging skin on the chicken.
Take notice of the smell.