Chicken arrived in Mexico thanks to the Spanish Conquistadores and soon became a staple of Mexican cuisine. In fact, Mexican food as we know it today, wouldn’t be the same without chicken! That’s why today we’d like to share five curious facts about the way chicken is consumed in Mexico
Mexican Chickens Are Yellower
Mexican Chickens tend to be yellower than chickens grown in other countries. This happens because chickens in Mexico are often fed cempasuchil or calendula flowers, which are bright yellow in color.
No Part Goes to Waste
Mexicans consume every part of the chicken, including the feet, neck, and heart. The parts with less meat, like the feet, are used to add flavor to stews and other dishes.
Chicken Breasts and “Milanesas”
In Mexico, as in most countries, the breast is the most prized chicken cut. This part of the chicken is served in many ways: grilled, in salads, or as “milanesas,” a version of the Italian veal breaded cutlet “cotoletta alla Milanese” made with chicken instead of veal.
An Important Part of Mexican Cuisine
Chicken is part of some of the most iconic Mexican dishes, from chicken tacos and chilaquiles with chicken to the complex mole poblano, whose recipe calls for at least 20 ingredients.
Grilled Chicken and Marinades
Grilled chicken is extremely popular in Mexico. In Northern states with strong grilling traditions like Nuevo Leon or Coahuila, there are many regional recipes for chicken marinades that produce delicious results, as those who have visited El Pollo Norteno can attest!
More Interesting Facts About Mexican Food
We love all the curious facts that surround authentic Mexican food. These are some previous posts you can read to learn more about this fascinating topic:
- Huevos Rancheros: everything you need to know
- Is Pico de Gallo a sauce or a salad?
- Mexican Carne Asada is a way of life
- The amazing stories behind the names of Mexican food
- Mesquite, a symbol of Mexican culture
- Why Are chili peppers so important in Mexican cuisine
Enjoy Authentic Mexican Food at El Pollo Norteño
If what you want is Authentic Mexican food in Anaheim, California, El Pollo Norteño is your best option.
Visit today any of our four locations (Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Garden Grove), order online, get in touch through Facebook, or call 866-MI-POLLO to enjoy our authentic Mexican dishes: amazing chicken grilled to perfection over real Mesquite charcoal, tacos, burritos, tortas, birria, and more!