A name that refers to birds raised domestically for the purpose of human consumption, such as chicken, turkey, duck, goose, Rock Cornish hen, and pheasant. The meat of poultry is high in nutritional value and if the skin is removed prior to consuming, it is low in saturated fat as well. The light meat from the breast area tends to be lower in fat than darker meat from the thighs and drumsticks.
Poultry can be cooked with almost any cooking method, but the age of the bird often determines the best method to use. The youngest birds are the most tender and are best when cooked with dry heat cooking methods, such as roasting, frying, grilling, and broiling. The meat of older birds is much tougher and usually requires moist heat cooking methods, such as steaming, boiling, stewing, and braising, to tenderize the meat.