is the fowl
derived from chickens
. It is the most common type of poultry
in the world, and is prepared as food
in a wide variety of ways, varying by region and culture.
The modern chicken is a descendant of Red Junglefowl
hybrids along with the Grey Junglefowl
first raised thousands of years ago in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent
.Eriksson J, Larson G, Gunnarsson U, Bed'hom B, Tixier-Boichard M, et al. (2008) Identification of the Yellow Skin Gene Reveals a Hybrid Origin of the Domestic Chicken.
PLoS Genet January 23, 2008 .
Chicken as a meat has been depicted in Babylonian
carvings from around 600 BC. Chicken was one of the most common meats available in the Middle Ages
. It was widely believed to be easily digested and considered to be one of the most neutral foodstuff. It was eaten over most of the Eastern hemisphere
and a number of different kinds of chicken such as capons
and hens were eaten. It was one of the basic ingredients in the so-called white dish
, a stew
usually consisting of chicken and fried onions cooked in milk and seasoned with spices and sugar.
Chicken consumption in the US
increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef
., The History Channel
. March 2, 2007. In Europe, consumption of chicken overtook that of beef and veal
in 1996, linked to... Read More