What is chicken?

  • (noun): The flesh of a chicken used for food.
    Synonyms: poulet, volaille
    See also — Additional definitions below


The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the Red Junglefowl. As one of the most common and widespread domestic animals with a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs. The chicken's "cultural and culinary dominance" could be considered amazing to some in view of its believed domestic origin and purpose and it has "inspired contributions to culture, art, cuisine, science and religion" from antiquity to the present.

Read more about Chicken.

Some articles on chicken:

Chicken, Alaska - Demographics
... There were 6 households out of which 50.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
Chicken Marengo
... Chicken Marengo is a French savoury dish, so named for being the dish that Napoléon Bonaparte ate after the Battle of Marengo ... after the battle and his chef Dunand was forced to work with the meager results of a forage a chicken (and some eggs), tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, olive ... The chef cut up the chicken (reportedly with a sabre) and fried it in olive oil, made a sauce from the tomatoes, garlic and onions (plus a bit of cognac from Napoleon's ...
Golden Jubilee Chicken
... Golden Jubilee chicken is a cold dish consisting of pieces of chicken in a white-coloured sauce dusted with parsley and lime segments ... fraiche and mayonnaise flavoured with lime and ginger the chicken is also marinated in a combination of lime and ginger before being mixed with the sauce ... Jubilee chicken has a distinctive light, fresh taste ...

More definitions of "chicken":

  • (noun): A person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy.
    Synonyms: wimp, crybaby
  • (noun): A domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl.
    Synonyms: Gallus gallus
  • (noun): A foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops.

Famous quotes containing the word chicken:

    Unhappy, eagle wings and bleak, chicken brain.
    Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962)

    Sometimes I lifted a chicken that warn’t roosting comfortable, and took him along. Pap always said, take a chicken when you get a chance, because if you don’t want him yourself you can easy find somebody that does, and a good deed ain’t ever forgot. I never see papa when he didn’t want the chicken himself, but that is what he used to say, anyway.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    ‘Yesterday I saw God. What did he look like? Well, in the
    afternoon I climbed up a ladder—he as a cheap cabin in the
    country, like Monroe, NY the chicken farms in the wood. He was a lonely old man with a white beard.
    Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926)