There will be any number of theories on this question. My own is maybe a little bit different in that chicken only appears to be so tasty in large part because it is in fact essentially so bland in its basic form. It is, however, incredibly versatile in the number of ways in which we can cook it and readily takes on the taste of any seasoning we care to add to it, from simple salt and pepper, to complicated sauces, without necessarily affecting its texture.
Hopefully, if you think about it for a minute, you will at least understand what I mean, if not necessarily agree with me.
Maybe the hormones they feed the birds so that a six week old chicken will feed four adults does something to enhance the taste?
I doubt most of you have ever eaten a "yard bird" before. There's a world of difference in the taste of one of these chickens, which takes months to reach their natural maturity, and one which is processed in 6 weeks. And yes, they are full of all sorts of growth hormones. Most cannot even support their own weight.
Good point, Randy - I slap myself hard on the wrist for not refering to this point that is always very important to me, be it fish, beef, chicken, or whatever! I can honestly say that I have on many occasions picked out my own chicken of this type and personally "Processed" it. To say that there is a world of difference does not even begin to cover it.
I still do, however, stand by my theory re chicken's adaptability and its capacity for taking on extra flavours without adversely affecting its natural appeal. Hope you agree.
Yes, chicken can taste different according to the different seasonings and cooking methods used. A versatile bird indeed, Gordon!
Ah yeah. Agree indeed.
I have to tell this story. Forgive me now.
As a mid teen, my cousin and I wanted to skip church and her dad, a deacon of the church, agreed under one condition. We had to fix dinner (thats what we southern folk call lunch). He told what all he wanted prepared and told us he had laid a chicken on the back porch for us to clean and cook.
They left the house around 9am and would be back around 12:30 ish. At 12 the chicken had not even started being de-feathered. We decided to cook something else.
They came in and no chicken cooked, we got humiliated bad with a lot of giggles. Nobody told us all we had to do was pour hot water over the bird.
If your frying it buttermilk marinade and some great seasonings.
If it wasn't for the salmonella, chicken wouldn't have any flavor at all!
Once an African-American teenager said, "Fried chicken is in the black man's genes." I said, "Oh, but it is in the white man's genes too." Racism would end if we just got together for fried chicken once in a while.
Chicken use to taste better before we bred them to grow quicker and produce more breast meat. I heard if you can get your hands an older bred of chicken, they are more flavorful.
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