Chicken is one of the oldest domesticated
birds. Very early people figured out that chicken can be helpful
for feeding their families by providing meat as well as eggs. Many
families living in rural areas had chickens.
There is a lot of evidence that people
knew the value of chicken and raised chicken since early centuries.
For example, some pottery from the Greek city of Corinth has images
of chicken on it. The pottery was created in 7th century BC! The
fact that images of chicken were placed on this pottery shows how
Greeks valued this animal.
Images of chicken can also be found on the
black and red vases created in Greece.
We made a red and black clay vase - could it
possibly look like the one old Greeks used?
In ancient Rome people believed chicken
have special powers and they used them to predict future. They also
had a great number of recipes that involved chicken as well as
eggs. Romans like their chicken really fat and they would feed them
with bread soaked in milk. For some reason, Roman rulers did
not like the chicken fattened this way, so they even passed a law
against eating the "fattened" chicken in 161 BC. It did not
work well! Romans loved to eat chicken and they used every outside
and inside parts - livers, gizzards, stomach - you get the
Romans had several breeds of chicken and
farming of the chicken was quite developed.They usually raised
chicken in flocks of 200 birds.
What did the Romans do with their fat
chicken. We tried one of their recipes.
(external link to the
Scott and his mom actually cooked this
For a complete step-by-stem click on the
picture to go to the Recipe Box!