September is National Chicken Month in Canada, and as part of my partnership with Alberta Chicken, I’m excited to do a bit of chicken mythbusting, giveaways, and share some chicken fun facts that you might not have known about Canada’s favourite protein!
I’ll be hosting a Chicken-themed Fun Facts Week on my social media Sept. 14-18, 2020, which I invite you to participate in—to learn more about Canadian chicken, but also for a chance to win free, chicken-themed stuff (win-win!) all week long! Keep scrollin’ for giveaway details!
Here’s some fun facts you might not have known about eating chicken:
- How long can you store chicken?
- Whole chicken: 2-3 days in the fridge, 12 months in the freezer
- Chicken pieces: 2-3 days in the fridge, 6 months in the freezer
- Cooked chicken: 3 days in the fridge, 3 months in the freezer
- Ground chicken: 1-2 days in the fridge, 3 months in the freezer
- How long does chicken need to be cooked for?
- It depends on how you’re cooking it, and what piece of chicken you’re cooking! On a skillet, it would take 11-15 minutes per side for a bone-in breast. If you’re grilling, wings take about 8 minutes per side. If you’re roasting, boneless beasts take between 35-45 minutes. (Source)
- Check this resource by the Canadian Chicken Farmers for a full breakdown!
- How do you know if the chicken you’re buying or eating is Canadian chicken?
- It’s actually pretty simple! In Canada, if you buy chicken fresh never frozen, that means the chicken came from a Canadian farm! “Buying fresh never frozen” is one easy way to identify Canadian chicken! There are frozen products that are Canadian too but buying fresh, never frozen is just one easy way to identify Canadian chicken! This also means that most restaurants in town that serve chicken are likely serving Canadian chicken. (Source)
- Different cuts of chicken offer different nutritional value!
- If you’re looking for high potassium, skinless breasts are the way to go. If you need more iron, try dark meat like thighs, legs, or wings. Maybe you want to boost your zinc levels (which strengthens immune systems), then skinless legs is your best bet. (Source)
- Check this Nutrition Cheat Sheet resource by Alberta Chicken for a full breakdown!
- And did you know:
- According to Statistics Canada, in 2019, chicken was the most consumed meat in Canada! (Source)
Here’s some fun facts you might not have known about Canadian chicken farming:
- As of September 2020, the Canadian chicken sector has a lower carbon footprint than that of other livestock in North America, and has lowered that carbon footprint by almost 40% in the last 40 years. Water consumption at chicken farms have been reduced by 45% in the same timeframe and 62% of the sector’s total energy use comes from renewable sources. (Source)
- Canada’s chicken sector sustains over 100,000 jobs, contributes $8 billion to Canada’s GDP, pays $1.9 billion in taxes, and purchases 3 million tons of feed, making it a stabilizing force in rural Canada. (Source)
- All of Alberta’s chicken farms are family farms. (Source)
- Since 2009, all Canadian farmers adhere to mandatory third-party audited Animal Care Programs. In 2016, the Canadian Code of Practice for chickens was updated, and in 2019, an enhanced Animal Care Program was developed and adopted. One hundred percent of Alberta chicken farmers have been certified in this program, and compliance is assured through audits and enforcement. (Source)
Learning about chicken from Alberta chicken farmers
Did you know: there are about 250 chicken farms in Alberta! And all of them are family-run farms, including Prairie Livestock in the Edmonton area, owned by Tara and Darren deVries. Tara’s been a chicken farmer for 20 years, and has been farming in the Edmonton area since 2016. On her farm, chickens are free-run (so they roam free but inside a barn—versus free range, which is when they roam free but outside).
I got to visit Tara’s farm and see the care that goes into farming her chickens. In her two decades focused on chicken farming in particular, Tara’s seen a lot of change—for the better! Advances in technology for instance has helped make farming a lot more efficient, sustainable, and safer for all involved. I also learned that all chicken barns in Canada are climate controlled to provide the exact comfortable temperature chickens like, are also really big—to give the chickens lots of space to roam, and include unlimited feed (snacks!) for the chickens to comfortably eat all day. Tara’s really proud of the work she does to grow and provide this vital, local protein for Albertans.
It was pretty cool to see firsthand where the chicken I buy came from—from Tara’s farm.
And because it’s a family farm, you know you’re supporting a local business, that supports the local community and economy.
And now I’m excited for… Lindork x Alberta Chicken presents:
Chicken Facts for Chicken Month GIVEAWAYS!!!
I’m doing a few giveaways this week (Sept 14-18, 2020) as part of Chicken Month with Alberta Chicken, one on my blog, one on Instagram, one on Facebook, and one on Twitter! Enter all of them, or some—they all have different prizes and opportunities to win!
Alberta Chicken Giveaway #1:
From Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 to Friday, Sept. 18, 2020: Enter this blog giveaway for a chance to win an Alberta Chicken Picnic Basket Prize Pack valued at $200!
You’ll win: A 24-piece rustic picnic basket filled with oven mitts, a BBQ brush, BBQ sauce, digital thermometer, chicken cooking timer, and more! (See the picture).
To qualify to win the Alberta Chicken picnic basket, you must enter via this blog post.
You can get additional entries through social media, but you will not be qualified to win unless you’ve entered on this blog!
- Mandatory Blog Entry: Leave a comment on this blog post telling me the most interesting fun fact you learned about chicken! Let me know in your comment if you also entered on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Please note: Comments are moderated so your comment may not appear right away!
- Optional Facebook Entry: Leave a comment on this Facebook post tagging a friend and letting them know a fun chicken fact! You must also be a Page Fan (“like”) my Facebook Page Lindork – Linda Hoang and Alberta Chicken’s Facebook Page
- Optional Instagram Entry: Leave a comment on my Alberta Chicken Instagram post tagging a friend and letting them know a fun chicken fact! You must also be following me @lindork and @chicken_recipes_
- Optional Twitter Entry: Tweet the following: It’s Chicken Month and @lindork’s sharing chicken facts all week with @Alberta_Chicken! Check out her blog to learn chicken food + farming facts, and enter her week of chicken-themed giveaways! https://linda-hoang.com/did-you-know-learn-chicken-facts-for-chicken-month #yeg #yegfood #yyc #yycfood #tasteAB
Alberta Chicken Giveaway #2:
On Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020: Check out my Instagram Story as I’ll be running a Q&A all day with Alberta Chicken! Submit a question through my Story about chicken, or something you learned about chicken from my blog, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to an Alberta restaurant of your choice (that serves Canadian chicken!)
Alberta Chicken Giveaway #3:
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020: From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. MST, tune into my Alberta Chicken Facebook Live Q&A with Alberta Chicken Farmer Tara, of Prairie Livestock, and Alberta registered dietitian Emily Mardell of Get Joyfull. Leave a comment on the Facebook Live post with a question for Tara or Emily and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to an Alberta restaurant of your choice (that serves chicken dishes!)
Alberta Chicken Giveaway #4:
On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020: Check out my Twitter Poll thread I’ll be running featuring different chicken questions. Test your chicken knowledge by answering the poll questions! Reply to the Twitter thread to let me know you’ve participated in the poll and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to an Alberta restaurant of your choice (that serves chicken dishes!)
Thanks to Alberta Chicken Producers for sponsoring these great giveaways!!
I’ll randomly select a winner from all entries received across all platforms and giveaways following each social media activity (no later than Sept. 21, 2020). There will be FOUR WINNERS selected.
As a reminder, the four prizes are: one 24-pc picnic basket with Alberta Chicken goodies (valued at $200), two $100 gift cards to an Alberta restaurant of your choice that serves Canadian chicken, and one $50 gift card to an Alberta restaurant of your choice that services Canadian chicken.
I hope you learned some new facts about Canadian chicken that you maybe didn’t know before by reading this blog or participating in one of the social media activities this week! Feel free to share the knowledge with friends and family! Next time you have chicken, for instance, be like, “hey guys, did you know…” lol.
I hope you’ll participate in my Social Media Week of Chicken Facts for Chicken Month!
Thanks again to Alberta Chicken for sponsoring this post and the week’s giveaways, and be sure to stay tuned for more chicken content!!
Disclaimer: This blog post is part of a sponsored partnership with Alberta Chicken Producers. I’ll be sharing more Alberta/Canadian chicken-themed content over several months. This has no impact on opinions stated in this post. I love food, supporting and understanding local food and where our food comes from.