“The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken,” so believes American author Maya Angelou. However, I think that’s a huge understatement, in fact, I’d go as far as calling chicken a “super food“.
What Makes Chicken an awesome Super Food?
With up to 32 grams of protein per 100 grams, chicken is one of the leanest protein sources of high quality protein making it easy to meet daily nutritional needs. Whether you have skin-on or skin-off varieties, all cuts of chicken is loaded with nutritious protein, micro-nutrients such as niacin, phosphorous, B6, B12, Vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc. In addition to these great chicken perks, here's the top 5 health benefits of eating chicken.
Nutrition aside, let's talk about preparation and options. You can pretty much do anything with chicken and getting bored with this lean meat is pretty much impossible in my opinion. To prove my point, check out the Chicken.ca online recipe guide and the 1000's of recipe options available to keep your palate's dance card full.
Exert from Chicken.ca:
Tourtiere is the marvelous savoury meat pie traditionally served on Christmas eve in Quebec – and now fortunately a custom that has swept across Canada. Classically made with a mixture of beef, pork and veal; our version using only ground chicken is certainly lighter but none the less flavourful. Nowadays we like to keep it uber healthy and let guests wrap the warm filling in buttery lettuce leaves which works beautifully as a holiday appetizer. When you go this Asian route offer hoisin sauce and hot-garlic chili sauce for dabbing on the filling. Or go to the bottom of this recipe for easy directions to turn the filling into a pie.
Mr. Miyagi – Skin On? Skin Off?
When it comes to fat content in chicken, there's a little misnomer that cooking with the skin-off is a healthier option. This is false! A new study commissioned by Chicken Farmers of Canada found that fat content in a chicken breast that was cooked with skin on was lower in fat calories than that of a cooked chicken breast with skin removed before cooking.
Huh? How's that possible? Turns out with skin on, while the “chicken is cooking, the fat in the breast flows out of the meat and becomes trapped in the skin. The skin of the chicken becomes saturated with fat and retains it once it is removed.”
4 Amazing Benefits to Cooking Chicken with the skin on
- Calorie Benefit: Lower fat calories if you cook chicken with skin on, then remove before eating.
- Yum-yum Benefit: Chicken retains more moisture making it more tender and juicy.
- Cost Benefit: You will save money! You can buy chicken with skin-on which is normally less expensive than skin removed equivalents.
- Nutrition Benefit: Skin on options of chicken contain much higher amounts of zinc, vitamin B and B-12.
Twitter Party Announcement and BBQ Set Giveaway
Want to learn more ways chicken can benefit you? Join in on the conversation on March 27th. It's easy, just RSVP for the #ChickenChat Twitter party below and as an added perk, you'll be entered for your chance to win an awesome BBQ set! (you'll be grilling your own Super Food with this bad boy!)
If you are like me and the Moose family, and into Chicken, be sure to check out and like Chicken Farmers of Canada profiles on Facebook and Twitter.
This is my disclaimer, “Just so you know, I have been compensated to share my ideas on this topic. Sometimes it is in the form of products, or services or even money… But here’s the thing; I won’t share anything with you that I don’t fully support. It doesn't matter what it is, or how much they are willing to give me, if I don’t believe in it, It won’t be on my site. Seriously. You’ll just have to trust me on this.” ~ Moose