Chicken, turkey and other poultry products are nutritious and relatively low-fat meats. Marsh offers a wide variety of cuts.

Health Benefits of Chicken and other Poultry

Chicken is a high-quality protein and good source for niacin, B vitamins, phosphorus, iron and zinc. It is comparatively low in fat, and about half of the fat is the desirable monounsaturated kind that helps protect against heart disease. Turkey is lower in fat than chicken but has less protein. Poultry, such as duck or capon, vary from chicken and turkey in calories, fat and nutrition, but all offer a healthy change of pace to other higher fat proteins.

Poultry available at Marsh:

Because poultry has become so popular, our Meat Departments offer a variety of choices:

Chicken: It’s 100 percent natural and full of flavor. No matter the recipe, Marsh chicken delivers a satisfying meal. No other meat works in as many dishes. You can add it to a curry, mix it into a salad, surround it with pasta in a casserole, pack it into a taco, sauce it up for Italian, stuff it in a pot pie, toss it in a soup, fry it in a skillet, slice it for a sandwich . . . need we go on?

Turkey: Available fresh or frozen, whole or in parts, turkey is available year-round, though the stock is highest at the holidays. In the off-season, you can request a whole turkey at the meat counter, and it will be ready for pick-up in two or three days. Marsh offers several brands, including Butterball and Purdue. We also offer a kosher turkey, which is prepared according to the Jewish Dietary Laws of kashrut. It is salted during the process, and the final result tastes like a turkey that has been brined.

Goose. Look for fresh Whetstone Valley Young Goose. Serving as many as nine people, each all-natural goose is raised free-range. No need to wait for Christmas; you can have goose anytime. Like all poultry, goose is ready to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F, according to USDA safety guidelines.

Duck. Marsh offers the fresh Maple Leaf Farms Whole Duck with Orange Sauce. Ranging in weight from 4 to 7½ pounds, a convenient orange sauce packet is included for glazing the bird. Giblets and neck are included. Duck can be baked in about 1½ hours. Like all poultry, duck is ready to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F, according to USDA safety guidelines.

Capon. A little fatter, slower and more docile than other young male chickens, capons can be superior when served for dinner. High-quality capons, like those sold at Marsh, are more tender, juicy and flavorful than conventional chickens.

When capons are only a few weeks old, they are neutered so they become less combative and active than other chicks. They are harvested at about 10 months of age.

Like all poultry, cook capon to an internal temperature of 165˚F, according to USDA safety guidelines.

Cornish Game Hen. A little chicken of about 2 pounds with a plump breast, a Cornish game hen makes a wonderful presentation when plated. Serving one hen to each guest is always a hit at a dinner party. The succulent meat of these small birds is 100 percent natural. To deliver the finest flavor, Tyson hens available at Marsh are never given hormones or artificial ingredients.

Though called game hens, they are not game birds nor are all female. Regardless, they are delicious. They were developed in the 1950s by crossbreeding different types of chickens.

Cooking Cornish hen is similar to preparing chicken. Bake in an oven for about an hour. Grilling takes 35 to 45 minutes. Like all poultry, the hens are ready to be eaten when they reach an internal temperature of 165˚F, according to USDA safety guidelines.

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