Chicken (Gallus gallus) is a very popular food as it can be prepared in a multitude of ways. From southern fried chicken to barbecued chicken to tandoori chicken to homemade chicken soup, chicken is appreciated by people of all ages as well as by diverse cultural culinary traditions.
Chicken consumption is increasing as people are looking for ways to reduce the fat in their diets. The entire bird is consumed, often roasted whole or cut into parts. Dark meat parts include the back, legs, thighs, and wings. The white meat, the leanest part of the chicken, is the chicken breast, which has less than half the fat of a trimmed Choice grade T-bone steak. Chicken fat is also less saturated than beef fat. However, eating the chicken with the skin on doubles the amount of fat and saturated fat in the dish. For this reason, chicken is best skinned before cooking.