Chicken, Chicken and More Chicken: Recipes, Facts and More

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Who Doesn't Love Chicken?

Did you know September was National Chicken Awareness Month? Not only is chicken a universally loved food- it is also quite abundant and very versatile. We can eat chicken in so many different ways and there are several options that are available.

Not only is chicken one of the most popular proteins in the world, it is essentially its own industry with entire restaurants devoted to the preparation of chicken.

Without further ado, let's get cluckin'!

Chicken Fun Facts

  • Chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs and chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs.
  • Chickens lay fewer eggs as they age, but they do increase in size.
  • There are four cities in the United States with chicken in the name: Chicken, Alaska; Chicken Bristle, Illinois; Chicken Bristle, Kentucky; Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.
  • Chickens outnumber humans in global population.
  • Chickens have been domesticated for 8,000 years.
  • Cornish Game Hens are actually 5-6 week old chickens.
  • The fear of chickens is called alektorophobia.

Top 8 US Chicken Fast Food Restaurants (2010 Statistics)

Ranking
Restaurant
Sales (In Millions)
1
KFC
$4,700
2
Chick-Fil-A
$3,582.5
3
Popeyes
$1,635
4
Church's Chicken
$872.7
5
Zaxby's
$777.6
6
Bojangles'
$712.8
7
El Pollo Loco
$557.0
8
Boston Market
$513.0
Source: QSR Magazine

Chicken Sayings (And Their Meanings)

  • Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch (Don't assume anything)
  • Dumb Cluck (Pretty self-explanatory)
  • Chickenhawks (pro-war politicians who haven't fought themselves)
  • Chicken-Hearted (Afraid)
  • Chickens Coming Home to Roost (Past coming back to haunt you)
  • No Spring Chicken (Old)
  • Long ago when chickens had teeth (Back in the day)
  • Feeling like Henny Penny (Doing the grunt work)

Chicken Jokes

Why did the chicken cross the road? She wanted to lay it on the line!

Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide!

Which day of the week do chickens hate the most? Fry-day!

What do you call a crazy chicken? A crazy cluck!

Why was the chicken in the principal's office? Because he kept pecking on other kids!

Why did the Roman chicken cross? She was afraid someone would Caesar!

A farmer with lots of chickens posted the sign: Free Chickens Our Coop Runneth Over!


Chicken and Gender

Are Women More Partial to Eating Chicken More than Men?

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Chicken and Co-Eds

The summer before my senior year my friends and I lived in a large house about one mile from the campus of UNC Chapel Hill- where most of us attended. One night we decided to invite our guy friends over but instead of making everything, everyone bought a dish.

Why? Well, earlier in the summer we discussed our eating habits and for some reason the guys scoffed at the fact our meat of choice was chicken. But in our mind is what it was simple, chicken is a versatile food, healthy when not fried or covered in fatty additives, and relatively cheaper than beef or pork. Plus, very few omnivores have beef with chicken (sorry I had to do it)!

In light of this, I wanted to test the presumption that women favor chicken more than men.

Recipe Time

Instead of putting the usual often loved chicken recipes, I decided to include a recipe I improvised on when I would cook for my old roommates.

I decide to call it collegiate chicken because while it's easy enough for a college student to make, it's also a great all-in-one meal that should keep you full.

So feel free to adapt them to your own tastes by removing the chicken, adding different veggies, or playing with seasonings and spices.

5 stars from 3 ratings of Collegiate Chicken and Spaghetti

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 25 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 7 Servings

Collegiate Chicken and Spaghetti

  • 3 Large Chicken Breasts, Cut Into 1 inch Pieces
  • 1 Medium Box Spaghetti, Cooked
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine onion, bell pepper and garlic into pasta sauce and simmer on medium for 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, grill the chicken on George Foreman or any other indoor grill for 5-7 minutes until done and slightly dark.
  3. Combine chicken with sauce and simmer for five minutes. Serve.

Chicken Lyrics

  • "Before Everybody wanted K.West beats, me and my girl split the bucket at KFC"- Kanye West "Touch The Sky"
  • "I mean the maccaroni's soggy, the peas are mushed, and the chicken tastes like wood."- Sugarhill Gang "Rapper's Delight"
  • A little bit of chicken fried, cold beer on a Friday night, a pair of jeans that fit just right" Zac Brown Band "Chicken Fried"
  • "It's Christmas in Hollis, Queens, mom's cooking chicken and collard greens" Run DMC "Christmas in Holis"
  • "I love her kisses, man can't get enough kinda like chicken and biscuits"- Colt Ford "Chicken and Biscuits"

Cluck Around!

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Janine Huldie profile image

Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Very cute article about chickens and have pinned your recipe to try, because it sounds delicious and so easy too. Also, you made me think of the classic "I Love Lucy" episode where they decide to raise chickens and Lucy ends up trying to make it look like the chickens did indeed lay their own eggs, so she hides the eggs on her body. Ricky and she are practicing the Tango for a school charity event for Little Ricky and one thing leads to another and she ends up having the eggs smashed at the end of the number all slimy chicken juice all over here. Too funny and now I want to watch that episode :) Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Chicken recipes and classic tv references....love it.....bookmarking the hub for future reference....voted up and awesome...hope you are having a wonderful HubPage view day.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I love chickens so much, I wrote a Hub about what good pets they make! Besides that we eat chicken at least twice a week.

Good informative Hub. I voted it UP, etc.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Janine!

I'm trying to remember that episode of I Love Lucy but I know it was funny! Thanks as always!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Cogerson,

I guess I didn't think of it that way until you said it- chicken and tv dinners! Thanks :).


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you mary615!


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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

Great Hub. Thank you for including the lyrics for Chicken Fried. That is a great song! :)


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e-five 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Clever connections to all things chicken, and great layout. And you're very fortunate that you're too young to remember The Funky Chicken.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOnmEcEDSnY


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Georgie!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I remember The Funky Chicken but I'd rather forget it- thanks e-five!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I love chicken! Fried the best. Wings, legs, thighs...yum! Very creative hub tribute to our fine feathered friends. It also made me think of my letter to the chicken of the egg. This hub is egg-cellent!:)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

With all this tribute to the chicken, I almost felt bad wanting to eat it. But your delicious recipe brought me back to reality, especially since it has garlic and onion. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Sunshine! Ironically enough I don't like fried chicken compared to my family and friends. I prefer it in something else. If I do eat it fried it'll be tenders or nuggets. I forgot about the letter to the chicken of the egg :)>


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you alocsin!


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Field-Of-Flowers 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

I never knew chickens had earlobes and that they come in different colors. I'll have to check it out next time I see one. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy my seasoned chicken breasts on the grill...yum! A great article and I'll have to try your recipe. It sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing and have a great day! :-)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Field of Flowers, I didn't know chickens had earlobes either- I just thought it was some other body part special to them. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the recipe!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Well who woulda guessed it about the earlobes? from now on I will be checking all the chickens ears! lol! what a great fun hub! voted up! cheers nell


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Chickens have earlobes? Who knew! Clearly not me...

Fun facts and an interesting read. Thanks for putting this together!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You made this such a fun cooking hub and so interesting. I especially love the chicken jokes -- still laughing it up!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Nell! I think I'm going to start examining chickens too!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you so much Natashalh! I'm glad you enjoyed it :).


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I don't think chicken jokes really get old! Thank you teaches12345!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very informative and excellently presented, Alecia. As a former poultry breeder, it was nice to read something different on a chicken.

Voting it up and interesting.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Rajan! I'm sure you have alot of stories to tell about chicken as a former breeder.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Wow, everything I never knew I wanted to know about chickens. I do have one question; where are the chicken's ear lobes?


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Terrye,

I'm not sure I guess it's in the same place or close as possible to human lobes?! Don't quote me on that!


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Interesting information and great article. Liked the mix of facts with humor.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you so much Angelo52!


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Life and Luxury 4 years ago from South Beach, FL

I think you are right about women liking chicken more. Men like to eat red meat a lot. I also like how you diversified your information into different categories.


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iheartkafka 4 years ago

Such a fun hub! I really enjoyed reading it!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Life and Luxury!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it iheartkafka!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An informative & enjoyable hub! In my country, you would find many chicken recipes! You rightly pointed out that chicken is a versatile food. KFC is extremely popular here. I enjoyed reading engaging facts about chicken as well as jokes, sayings and lyrics. I would like to try your easy-to-make and tasty recipe and rated it 5 stars! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Funny, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared both on HubPages & Facebook


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Ish! I hope you try the recipe, I think you will definitely enjoy it. It is amazing how much of a global commodity KFC has become. Thank you so much for coming by, commenting, and sharing!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting and enjoyable read. I enjoyed the jokes too... especially the Fry-day one. :-) 5 Star for the Recipe.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Lady_E! I hope you enjoy the recipe :).


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Lots of chicken facts. Your recipe sounds very good. I love chicken. Voted uP!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks so much moonlake! I hope you enjoy the recipe.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Lots of interesting chicken facts, jokes, and trivia here. I like the word for chicken-phobia, which I won't print here. People will just have to read to find out!

Voted up, interesting, and will share.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Au fait! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about chicken.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I have some chicken legs in my fridge right now. This hub has inspired me to cook them tomorrow. Voted up!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I'm glad I could inspire you to eat more chicken! Thanks Jeannie :0!

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