Why did the chicken cross the road?

Honestly, I have no idea, but that’s the first joke I remember ever hearing! There are probably a million different answers to that question; if you have a good answer, let me know. 

Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? The National Chicken Council and its partners celebrate the protein-packed food every September. And I’m glad they do, because my family loves to eat chicken! We make chicken in a lot of different ways because it’s so versatile. 

What’s your favorite way to cook chicken? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! 

Health Benefits of Chicken

Many people know about the value of protein, but chicken has other nutritional benefits! Did you know that getting enough protein can help you manage blood sugar? Chicken also provides other vital nutrients like potassium, vitamin D, iron and calcium. 

Chicken is a great choice for healthy diets because it’s a source of high-quality protein. In fact, the National Chicken Council reports that it contains all nine essential amino acids that people need in their diet. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. It’s also a low-calorie, low-sodium, and low-fat source of protein.

My family prefers to eat white meat, but dark meat chicken contains more vitamins and minerals. It can also be more flavorful than white meat, and it’s less likely to dry out during cooking because of its juicy texture. 

Top of the pecking order

Americans will eat an average of 96.8 pounds of chicken per person this year, according to the USDA. That’s a lot of chicken! It’s nearly twice the consumption of beef and pork. 

The National Chicken Council’s research shows that Americans are eating chicken more often. In fact, 88% of consumers eat chicken more than once a week. It’s a top protein choice for half of all consumers, and 85% report they’ll eat the same amount or more during the next 6-12 months.

Winner winner, chicken dinner

Chicken has been a popular meat for decades in the United States. Taste of Home highlights popular recipes from the past century in this article. How many of these chicken dishes have you tried? 

1900: Chicken Stew

1910: Chicken & dumplings

1920: Chicken a la King

1930: Chicken pot pie

1940: Deviled Chicken

1950: Fried Chicken

1960: Chicken Kabobs

1970: Pineapple Chicken

1980: Shake ‘n Bake Chicken

1990: Chicken Caesar Salad

2000: Chicken fajitas

2010: Hot Chicken 

Don’t be a chicken: Reporting your purchases is easy! 

Don’t forget to scan all your chicken-related purchases! Whether you’re buying a bag of frozen chicken breasts or a pre-cooked rotisserie bird from the deli, report it to NCP. If there’s no barcode, don’t worry. You can report it under the Non-Barcoded Items list. 

Since you’re reading our blog, here’s a joke for you: 

How do you get a chicken to read your blog? Use cluckbait. 

I’ll leave you with one more chicken joke, this time from my kids: Which side of the chicken has the most feathers? The outside! They think that one’s pretty funny. Leave me your favorite chicken joke in the comments! 



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