This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is Chicken. Can it get any easier than that. I’m expecting great things from you. If you don’t have a blog I still want to see your favorite recipes in the comments section.
What is a chicken anyway? Well here is an interesting description I found on Wikipedia on the different terms given to these birds:
“In the UK and Canada adult male chickens are known as cocks whereas in America and Australia they are called roosters. Males under a year old are cockerels. Castrated roosters are called capons (though both surgical and chemical castration are now illegal in some parts of the world). Females over a year old are known as hens, and younger females are pullets. In Australia and New Zealand (also sometimes in Britain), there is a generic term chook (pronounced : rhymes with “book”) to describe all ages and both sexes. Babies are called chicks, and the meat is called chicken.”
I’m more concerned with how my chickens are raised and what’s the difference between organic and free range and cage free. Free range means they are not kept in cramped quarters and can move around. Here’s the U.S. Department of Agriculture definition of these terms in its entirety: “Producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside.” This doesn’t mean they have to go outside, but have access. Many of the small farms have large areas for their chickens to roam. If you want to know about your chicken, reasearch the farm online and see how free those chickens really are.
Cage free means they are not cramped on top of each other but it doesn’t mean they are roaming around anywhere. This term is mostly found on eggs and it really means nothing . Organic means they were not given hormones, antibiotics, no herbicides or pesticides were used in their feed. I like that the best and if they got to roam free and lived a less stressed life, all the better.
I like to cook with organic chicken. It’s a nice clean canvass in which you can change a few things here and there and come up with something different every night of the week. Here are a few of my chicken recipes. For more, use the ingredient finder on the sidebar and it will take you to more chicken recipes.
Chicken Fricassee Master Recipe Makeover Now Gluten Free and Dairy Free
Roasted Whole Chicken with Dates and Caperberries
Jerk Chicken Wings with Red Beans and Rice and a Side of Fried Plantains
Next week’s Secret Ingredient is ………………………..Pumpkins!
Add your original Chicken recipes here if you have a blog or leave them in the comments if do not have a blog.
Gosh, I didn't realize I had so many chicken recipes on my blog! And there was more to choose from! We actually don't eat chicken all that often so I find this sort of funny. I guess it is just easy to blog about. Happy cooking! -Ali 🙂
We focus on free-range, organically raised chickens as well, both for meat and eggs.
Here's the Chipotle Orange-Herb Chicken for Friday Foodie-Fix!
Alta- Thank you for sharing your recipe. It sounds great and it sure created a buzz on your blog. Lots of chipotle lovers.
Sorry…I meant to put the name of my recipe in the title line and it posted before I got the chance. I posted Baked Chicken Fingers.
Kim- Thank you for sharing!
Oh, those Buffalo Chicken Mini Burgers are going to the top of my "Gotta Try" list.
Wendy- They really are easy and they taste great. Hope you give them a try.
Sorry to post twice, I forgot to put the name of my recipe in the first time!
Erika- No problem, I can remove the extra. Thank you for sharing.
Chicken is such a great ingredient, and so easy to play with – All the recipes look great!
Lauren- Thank you for checking out Friday Foodie Fix.
Okay, I've added a "double" entry for you. 🙂 I'm posting another great chicken recipe soon. I'll add it then. Will go back and see if I have any more chicken recipes on my site already. We do eat a lot of chicken. There are some great-looking recipes here!
Shirley- You have such a giving heart. Thank you for sharing so many great recipes!
Finally added the one I mentioned before. 🙂
Shirley- Love what you add in more ways than a recipe!