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Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world, and was one of the first domesticated animals. Chicken is a major world wide source of meat and eggs for human consumption (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Although chicken is not a common food allergen, some people experience an allergic reaction to this food. The Internet Symposium on Food Allergens notes that approximately 0.6 percent to 5 percent of people may have allergies to chicken meat. These individuals typically experience allergy symptoms within minutes to a couple hours after ingesting chicken or foods that contain chicken (Livestrong, September 2, 2010).

Common Uses:

As one of the most abundant animals on the earth, chickens are raised to serve as either an egg producer or as an excellent source of meat.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup, chopped or diced (140 g)
Calories 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18 g 27%
Saturated fat 4.9 g 24%
Polyunsaturated fat 3.8 g
Monounsaturated fat 7 g
Cholesterol 109 mg 36%
Sodium 94 mg 3%
Potassium 232 mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 35 g 70%
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 8%
Vitamin D 0 µg Vitamin B-6 15%
Vitamin B-12 5% Magnesium 6%

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