“Kids want to saute, to cut the pizza, to see how the ingredients come together. If you let them do the fun stuff, they’ll develop skills and interests that will stay with them forever” – Guy Fieri
This week’s recipe is…
Braised Chicken with Mustard Greens and Polenta!
Welcome back to our blog! We’re back and today we have a special recipe:
Braised Chicken with Mustard Greens and Polenta! Our Braised Chicken is made from skin-on bone-in chicken thighs, Kosher salt, ground pepper, vegetable oil, scallions, chiles de arbol, ginger, white wine, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, toasted sesame oil, chicken broth, acorn squash, mustard greens, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, and white rice for serving. Now for the Polenta, we will need polenta, vegetable broth, parmesan cheese, and salt — yum! This recipe will make 8 servings! But are you wondering how to mix all those ingredients together to make your braised chicken? Check out all the nitty-gritty details on how to prepare it in our Braised Chicken with Squash and Mustard Greens Recipe to dig into the specifics. Now that we’ve learned about what’s in our Braised Chicken Thighs with Squash and Mustard Greens, let’s talk about the history of the amazing canvas of… Chicken Thighs!
HISTORY OF CHICKEN THIGHS
How many meals can you think of that are made with chicken thighs? Quite a few I bet! Chicken thighs as a food dates back a long long time ago. The chicken originated in northern India where it was bred and cross-bred into the chicken we know today. But even before then, the chicken’s ancestor was food for Babylonians!
Chicken as food has been depicted in Babylonian carvings from around 600 BC! Later in the middle ages, it’s recorded that chicken was one of the most common meats available in the middle ages
Alright so we learned about chicken as a food and how long we’ve been eating it, but what about those whacky facts that are no way true about food? Hold your horses already! We’ll get to those next.
Supposedly, a find in Israel shows evidence of chicken consumption from as early as 400 B.C.E.! I guess that means a really long time ago.
TRIVIA (FUN FOOD FACTS!)
Question: What was the first chicken domesticated used for?
Answer: Fighting! Contrary to popular belief, before chickens were used for food, they were used for fighting in Southeast Asia and China as early as 10,000 years ago!
Question: Who was the name of the city where chickens were first eaten on a large-scale?
Answer: Maresha, a city in Israel where ancient chicken bones were found dating back to 200-400 B.C.E.
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