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6 Things You Didn't Know About Chicken But Wish You Did

Chickens are Direct Descendants of the T-Rex

These little birds have prehistoric roots.  We wonder if the T-Rex tasted like chicken? 

 

Christopher Columbus Brought Chickens to the Americas

They traveled on one of his ships to provide eggs and meat, a nice change from the typical food provided on long ocean journeys.

 

Chicken is America's Most Popular Meat

In 2015, the average American citizen consumed over 90 pounds of chicken, which equates to 5.9 million pounds of chicken every hour of every day, more than cows, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, rabbits and turkeys combined!

 

The Chicken is No Young Chick

Chickens were bred from the Red Jungle Fowl in Southeast Asia, and were first used and were domesticated 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. 

 

The First American Recipe for Chicken was Written in 1798 

Amelia Simmons’ recipe for Chicken Pie was the first time anyone in the Thirteen Colonies decided it would be a good idea to write down and share a chicken recipe. 

 

Chicken is a Feel-Good Food 

Chicken, like turkey, contains tryptophan, which is known to increase serotonin levels and help with relaxation. 

 

Want to learn more? Check out this fascinating book, Tastes Like Chicken by Emelyn Rude 


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