Chicken was first domesticated in Asia over 4,000 years ago. Every country in the world has a regional chicken dish to boast about.
New breeding techniques and important genetic advancements have contributed to improve the quality of the species. A great deal of research has been done in dietetics and all studies confirm the health benefits of eating poultry rather than red meat, which also accounts for the ever-increasing popularity of chicken.
Chicken is rarely eaten before the age of six weeks, or before it weighs 1.2 to 2 kilos (2½ to 4 ½ pounds).