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Chicken Fillets

Chicken Fillets are fillets of meat sliced horizontally from a chicken breast, such that it makes a "steak" of a shape that can be ideal to fit on a bun, etc.

They are available in many different forms of preparation, such as raw, cooked, breaded, breaded and spiced, etc.

Many retailers confuse the terms, Fillets and Cutlets. The essential different is that cutlets are thinner because they have been pounded or formed to make them thinner.

Sometimes you will see the phrase "thigh fillets" but what they actually mean is "thigh cutlets." Occasionally you will also see the word "fillets" used to mean "strips of boneless chicken" for stir fries, etc, in which the fillet is cut into long thin strips. What they really mean is "Chicken Breast Strips."

Chicken Fillets are available fresh or fresh.

History Notes

A 2002 scandal in the EU found that Dutch processing plants were bulking Chicken Fillets up with water. That wasn't the scandal, though, as that is a relatively common process. The scandal was that they were bulking the Chicken Fillets up with so much water that they had to add protein from cows or pigs to help the Chicken Fillets retain all the water (the protein from cows was casein). This was at a time when people were concerned about Mad Cow Disease. While the inclusion of pork protein held no such health risks, it wouldn't have made the Muslims or Jews very happy, either.

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See also:


Beer Can Chicken Roasting; Bresse Chickens; Capons; Chantecler Chickens; Chicken and Endive in Mustard Sauce Recipe; Chicken Backs; Chicken Breast Strips; Chicken Breasts; Chicken Cutlets; Chicken Fat; Chicken Fillets; Chicken Fried Steak; Chicken Legs; Chicken Necks; Chicken Pieces; Chicken Stock; Chicken Tenders; Chicken Wings; Chicken; Coronation Chicken Recipe; Eggs; Free-Range Chickens; Free-Range Total Freedom; Goosnargh Chicken; Ground Chicken; Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications; Lauragais Capon; New York Dressed Chicken; Plymouth Rock Chickens; Poulards; Schmaltz; Spatchcock; Spicy Yoghurt Chicken Recipe; Turducken; Vertical Chicken Roaster


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"The Americans are the grossest feeders of any civilized nation known. As a nation, their food is heavy, coarse, and indigestible, while it is taken in the least artificial forms that cookery will allow. The predominance of grease in the American kitchen, coupled with the habits of hearty eating, and the constant expectoration, are the causes of the diseases of the stomach which are so common in America."

-- James Fenimore Cooper (American writer. 15 September 1789 – 14 September 1851)