September is National Chicken Month

Did you know that 8 billion chickens are eaten in the United States each year? Chicken is low in fat and cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein.  Something that I didn’t know until recently is that chickens that are raised for meat are called broilers. Broilers are not raised in cages and are never given hormones or steroids.

Here are a few other tidbits that you may find helpful.

  • Washing your chicken in the sink prior to preparation is not recommended as it leads to spreading bacteria over multiple surfaces in the kitchen.
  • The correct USDA recommended temperature for cooked chicken is 165℉ . Almost 40 percent of us undercook chicken, regardless of the preparation method.
  • Always wash your hands after touching raw chicken.
  • Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator  or frozen immediately once steam has evaporated.

Now, we all know that there is more than one way to cook a bird; it can be baked, fried, grilled or roasted.  In celebration of National Chicken Month, I’d like to share some of my favorite, quick and easy chicken recipes direct from the HSSB Test Kitchen.


Chili Fried Chicken



A no salt/no sugar coating for amazing fried chicken. Makes 6-8 servings with about 5 minutes of prep time. Get the recipe here.


Sesame Ginger Chicken Nuggets
Sesame Ginger Chicken Nuggets



Need a quick and delicious dinner idea? These baked chicken nuggets take no time at all. Get the complete recipe here.

Lemon Pepper Chicken





A delicious and light dinner using 3 simple ingredients that comes together for an elegant and delicious dinner. Get the complete recipe here.



Cajun Wings





Baked for a healthier way to enjoy a favorite appetizer. Get the complete recipe here.





Get the complete recipe here. For more recipes, go to and click on the Recipes tab at the top of the page.

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