Chicken provides a versatile base for menu innovation

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Chicken remains the most affordable and versatile of proteins, offering K-12 foodservice operators a centerpiece for menu innovation that meets consumer demands for global flavors.

More than three fourths of consumers—77%—report eating chicken at least once per week, including 55% who eat chicken at least two to three times per week, according to Technomic’s 2021 Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report.

The report also found that chicken accommodates consumers’ interest in health, with 79% reporting that they consider chicken to be healthy. Consumers are attracted to poultry menu claims that include “real,” “natural,” “clean” and “antibiotic-free,” along with claims around freshness and scratch preparation, the Technomic report found.

Younger consumers are also highly interested in trying chicken dishes that incorporate global flavors or new/unique flavors and ingredients, according to the report, signaling an opportunity for foodservice providers in the K-12 foodservice segment to offer approachable and flavorful  menu items built around this popular and versatile protein. Pulled chicken in particular offers a range of possibilities for menu innovation.

Following are some suggestions for flavorful dishes that incorporate Tyson NAE 100% all Natural Low Sodium Pulled Chicken:

  • Sonoran Rice BowlPulled chicken tossed in taco seasoning and placed over a bed of brown rice and topped with a spicy black bean and corn salsa and finished with a warm cheese sauce (can be served hot or cold)
  • Al Pastor-Style Chicken Street Tacos — Soft corn flour tortillas filled with al pastor-inspired seasoned pulled chicken served over Spanish-style rice and topped with shredded lettuce, fire-roasted corn, pico de gallo and lime crema.
  • Southwest BBQ-Ranch Chicken Salad Lettuce CupsTender pulled chicken in a BBQ-ranch sauce, piled atop Bibb lettuce with a black bean and corn salsa and shredded cheese.
  • Tuscan Chicken Salad Wrap — Italian seasoned pulled chicken salad with roasted tomatoes wrapped in a sundried tomato basil tortilla wrap.


For more information and innovative menu solutions for your K-12 foodservice operations, visit Tyson Foodservice.



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