Chicken, Mmm by Cheryl S.

19 09 2008

Hey who doesn’t like chicken huh?  If you are not a vegetarian then you have to like chicken.  To me chicken is about the only meat you can change the flavor to whatever you want.  Adding oregano to it with green pepper, onions and garlic gives you an italian taste while seasoning it with lawry salt, garlic pepper seasoning and papirika changes it to an ethic taste.  Whatever seasoning or herbs you decide, chicken will take you to just about any city, state or country.  I could probaly eat chicken everyday and make it different each time.  Of course being an african american along with the rest of my sisters and brothers I at times favor fried chicken over baked particularly ‘Popeyes Chicken’ but my own is a classic. 

As a little girl my mom once saw a chicken slaughtered for her dinner that day.  She said it was one of the worst things she had ever seen and remembered every event of it.  It horrified her to actually see a man wring the neck of this chicken, needless to say she didn’t eat chicken that night but, that didn’t last long because she eats it more than I do.  I’m told that when a chicken is killed and cooked that same day it’s a totally different fresh taste that can’t be explained.  My mom says you haven’t tasted chicken until you’ve had it fresh. 

 Chicken can also be the cheapest meat you buy, usually always on sale somewhere and always begins and completes the meal.  Ground chicken can also be used in place of ground beef for those who prefer not to eat red meat.  Just as you use ground beef for your spaghetti or other dishes that call for ground beef you can use ground chicken in place of it.  The only thing is you have to season ground chicken a little bit more to bring out the flavor other wise it will taste a little watery and bland.  

I have a recipe for a ground chicken dish which I call “Chicken Oriental”.

1 lb of ground chicken

1/2 of a 1 lb bag of frozen whole kernel corn

1 small onion

1/2 green pepper

soy sauce

worshire sauce

cajun seasoning

olive oil


Cut up onion and green pepper to medium dice and saute in pan with a little olive oil.  Add ground chicken and season in pan with cajun seasoning.  When ground chicken is cooked through add corn and let cook for about two minutes until the crunch is gone.  Add 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 3 tablespoons of worshire sauce and 1/4 cup of water.  If you like the mixture to be a little stronger in taste add more of the soy sauce.  Let the mixture simmer for about 3 minutes but don’t let the liquid reduce too much because this is basically your gravy.  You can pour this over rice or whatever you prefer.

Yes chicken has a lot of variations and will always be americas favorite meat.




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