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Cooking Guidelines for Chicken

March 5, 2018 by

Chicken is a common food that is used in many different types of cuisines around the world.

It is easy to cook and is versatile in the sense that it can be paired with a lot of different ingredients to make up a delicious meal. Additionally, organic pasture-raised chickens have a lot of nutrients, including:

  • High quality protein
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin A
  • Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Phosphorus

There are many ways to enjoy chicken, from chicken noodle soup to chicken salad sandwiches. However, while it is easy to cook, it still requires you to pay close attention to how you?re cooking it.

It is imperative to cook chicken thoroughly because eating undercooked chicken can lead to foodborne illnesses. Some of the bacteria that raw chicken may have include:

Salmonella enteritidis

This dangerous strain of Salmonella can be found in the intestines of livestock and it is usually associated with poultry. Salmonella contamination is one of the main causes of diarrhea. If your immune system is compromised, being infected with salmonella may be life-threatening.

Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus leads to food poisoning. If infected, a person can exhibit symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. These symptoms may not show up until six hours after the bacteria has been ingested.

Campylobacter jejuni

Campylobacter can be life-threatening. Because this bacteria can spread among surfaces, one may become infected by using contaminated cutting boards and utensils.

Listeria monocytogenes

This bacteria leads to a serious infection called Listeriosis. Its symptoms begin with a fever and diarrhea but may end up impacting other areas of the body such as the joints, bones, and chest.

Escherichia coli (E. coli)

E. coli is typically found in the intestinal tract of animals and humans. Some strains of this bacteria may cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and respiratory disease.

However, as long as you handle and cook your chicken properly, you do not need to worry about these bacteria infecting you. Make sure to designate separate cutting boards for your raw meat and your vegetables to help prevent cross-contamination.

Baking chicken is a healthy way to prepare this meat. This also lets you create your own recipes by mixing various sauces, vegetables, spices, and marinades.

Baking chicken can be a bit difficult, however, because if you bake it for too long, it will become dry and tasteless. On the other hand, taking chicken out of the oven before it is completely cooked may pose the threat of bacterial contamination.

There are several cuts of the chicken that you can bake, which sometimes makes it hard to tell how long you need to cook your chicken. The cooking time and temperature also vary depending on the chicken’s weight, your recipe, and your oven.

Chicken should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. When you are checking the internal temperature, make sure to put your food thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken.

A whole chicken weighing 5 to 7 pounds should be baked for about two hours and 15 minutes. However, if it is frozen, it will take about one hour longer. If your chicken has bones in it, you should allow at least 10 minutes for standing time.

Remember, eating chicken is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, but this is only true for organic pasture-raised chickens. Chickens that come from concentrated animal feeding operations have little to no nutritional value and they make you more susceptible to foodborne infections.

Make sure that you get pasture-raised chickens from local farmers. These chickens are antibiotic-free and eat a natural diet of worms, insects, and seeds. This means that they have more nutritional value than other chickens.

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