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CORN FED CHICKEN, IS IT REALLY AS THEY SAY?

We bought a pair of corn fed, or rather maize fed (directly translation from mais kippenbout) chicken thighs. Knowing us, it was on promotion and we thought we would buy it and have a try. It is usually more expensive than normal chicken, so why not when it was going at 50% off?

The chicken looked yellowish, supposedly a sign of corn fed. However, we have read that some people, especially in American, dye their chicken yellow and sell it as corn fed.

Here are some interesting facts :

Corn-fed chickens must be fed a diet of at least 50 per cent maize during their fattening period – which can be the last half of their lives – before they are slaughtered. As a free-range chicken, this particular bird would have had to have lived a minimum of 56 days to satisfy regulations.

It could be our grade of chicken. It was superb. We merely brown the skin, cooked it in white wine, added a bay leaf, some sliced onions and salt. Stewed it for about an hour and it was gorgeous. The taste of the stew was flavored by the sweetness of the chicken. We know of some people who do not claim that corn fed chicken is of much difference, but ours sure did. The flavor released into the stew is so amazing considering how little we have put into it.

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