Chicken refers both to the female and male domesticated fowl, hen androoster/cockerel respectively. There are many ways of cooking chicken, horiatikoskokkoras (rooster) being notable for its delicious taste. Chickens are considered omnivorous animals: besides seeds, they also eat insects and animals such as lizards and small mice. In the wild, chicken may live for 5 to 10 years, depending on the breed, whereas in intensive poultry farms for meat production their average life span is 6 weeks. Organically produced chickens can live up to 14 weeks.


The white meat of poultry, such as chicken, is an important source of high biological value protein, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. It also contains B complex vitamins, such as B12. White meat can replace red meat in up to four small portions weekly because the former has lower levels of total and saturated fat.

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