Chicken holds an interesting place in the hearts of Americans. It’s our most popular meat, having passed beef in the early 1990s, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, but we don’t give it a lot of respect.Although the USDA says the average American eats nearly 90 pounds of chicken a year, about 40 percent more than beef, the protein can be a tough sell at high-end restaurants. “Chicken is a necessary menu item from a cost standpoint,” says Dante Boccuzzi, ...

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