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Chicken is a staple protein that can be enjoyed on its own, as a highlight in a Sunday roast, or as a key ingredient in many other recipes. You can roast chicken, pan-fry it, poach it, or even barbecue.
Chicken is such a versatile food, it lends itself perfectly to a whole range of cuisines, in particular curry and spicy dishes. For something a little different, you could always try our oven-baked chicken jambalaya.
If you are roasting a chicken, we’ve also put together a few tips to ensure your chicken stays moist and tender while cooking.
You can find out more about the higher welfare standards of chicken on RSPCA Assured farms.
Cooking times will vary based on your oven but a rough guideline for cooking your chicken is 20 minutes per 450g plus an extra 10 to 20 minutes.
So a bird weighing 2.25 kg would take 1 hour and 50 minutes.
While all meat is rich in protein, some meats contain more fat than others. And foods that are particularly high in saturated fats can raise cholesterol levels in the blood. In general, chicken contains less saturated fats than red meats and can lead to a healthier lifestyle when eaten as part of a balanced diet. But do consult your doctor or visit the NHS website for health advice.
Chicken is white meat and although the meat on chicken thighs may appear darker, it is still considered white meat. While both red and white meat have environmental impacts, choosing white meat can be a good way to reduce your carbon footprint.
We have a large selection of recipes for higher-welfare chicken, including roast chicken, chicken curry, chicken pies, chicken pasta, chicken salad and barbecue chicken.