(NAPSA) – A recent survey found when it comes to Americans’ favorite dinner foods, chicken is at the top of the pecking order.
According to the survey, the average person in the U.S. eats more than 81 pounds of chicken per year and 89 percent of Americans eat chicken at least once a week.
The results of the survey, says John Bekkers, of the National Chicken Council (NCC), indicate that consumers plan to purchase even more chicken in the months to come.
The NCC sponsors National Chicken Month every September to promote the versatility of chicken and the health benefits associated with eating it.
The NCC and Fleischmann’s Yeast offer these tips for cooking with chicken:
Leave skin on chicken when cooking to help keep it moist. Remove the skin before eating to lower the chicken’s calorie content. Freeze uncooked chicken that will not be used within two days of purchasing it. Chicken may be safely thawed in cold water. Always cook chicken to well done. If using a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 180 for a whole chicken, 170 for bone-in parts and 160 for boneless parts. After preparing chicken, it is important to always thoroughly wash your hands, countertops and any utensils used. Be sure to use hot, soapy water.