We hope our readers don’t mind another blog about chicken! Chicken has become the most consumed meat in the U.S., so the odds are that many of you enjoy it quite often. It’s a versatile and affordable source of protein and can be prepared in a multitude of ways; from fried, baked and grilled to use in salads, stews, soups and casseroles.
It’s not just about the much-touted boneless, skinless white meat chicken breasts or kid-favorite chicken legs. Chicken wings are “in” so I feel it’s my duty to share some recipes with you.
Here are three distinctive chicken recipes (including wings!) that are full of savory goodness.
Not only does MSG give dishes a savory, umami taste, but it is considered to be the purest form of umami. Why is that? And what does it even mean?
First, let’s explore what umami is.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a standing-room only session on umami at the annual meeting of the American Culinary Federation. I will admit to being a bit self-conscious in this room full of culinary experts in their beautiful stiff white chef coats. (I was an inch away from purchasing a coat of my very own at the little stand in the meeting exhibit hall, but somehow it seemed a bit inauthentic. Like wearing a stethoscope at a medical meeting. But I digress…)
Chef Chris Koetke, Vice President at the Culinary Institute at Kendall College, spoke eloquently about the human’s innate drive toward taste and nourishment and the chef’s complimentary drive to meet those needs by delivering good-tasting foods. He explained the fifth taste of umami and how the amino acid glutamate is picked up by receptors on the tongue, sending biological signals of “protein” to our brains. Chef Chris talked about the many sources of glutamate in foods – it’s one of the most abundant amino acids in our bodies and in our foods.
Then the story got more interesting.
The secret blend of 11 herbs and spices that go into the original Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe is a closely guarded formula and one of the biggest culinary mysteries.
None other than the Chicago Tribune recently published an article about making a savory spice mix at home to replicate this famous secret recipe.
According to a recent article in Medical Daily, monosodium glutamate is a popular food additive that has gotten a rather bad reputation and people want to know is MSG bad.
The article continues: “In a recent video, the team at Brit Lab helped us to better understand the fact and fiction surrounding MSG so you can determine for yourself whether or not you want to continue eating it.