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Eggs and Chicken....Too Weird?

I love eggs, could, (but don't) eat them almost everyday and confess to being more of a breakfast at dinner kinda gal. Love eggs with beef, (like steak or burger patty) and with any number of assorted pork products but I have never seen eggs being served with chicken....hmmmm, maybe just something we don't see much of here in California but I was wondering, how come chicken fried steak with eggs but no fried chicken? Is it too weird? Anyone have chicken and egg dishes they serve/eat regularly?

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  1. I'm from California too and was wondering the same thing ... maybe some sort of reservation about eating the momma and baby in a single dish. Then I remembered

    - cobb salad
    - chef salad
    - Fried chicken with a side of potato/egg salad
    - chicken fried rice
    - egg drop soup (well, it is chicken soup)
    - Avgolemono - Greek chicken soup with egg and lemon
    - A true Ceasar salad dressed with raw egg and topped with grilled chicken
    - Chicken soup with unborn eggs (if that counts)

    I have seen eggs stuffed with chicken salad or an egg and chicken salad mixed with mayo. Some restaurants will swap out other meats for chicken in breakfast dishes ... but that is not as common. What about all those chicken sausages with scrambled eggs. And a lot of battered chicken recipes like fried chicken or chicken Cordon Bleu dip the chicken in an egg/milk mixture before rolling in flour or whatever.

    Also many chicken dishes are served with egg noodles, so serving more eggs is overkill.

    I think some of it is based on old time tradition. My grandmother raised chickens. Eggs were every day events. Eating the chicken itself didn't happen that often. It was a special dinner. Chickens are small. The pig was a lot of meat and more available so more likely to be served with breakfast eggs. I guess down in Texas where there are a lot of cows the same would apply ... lots of beef more regularily available. Pigs and cows have one function ... meat. Where a chicken is both a meat and egg producer.

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    1. re: rworange

      Yeah, I'd assume any sense of weirdness is the subconscious remnant of a religious taboo.

      That said, in addition to the dishes rworange mentions, Thai haw moak with chicken is stellar.

    2. I've seen a few Japanese recipes that use those ingredients together - there's one in Harumi's cookbook that combines chicken thighs and whole hard-boiled eggs, served with green beans over rice. Or there's Oyakodon - chicken and egg rice bowl:


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      1. re: Raedia

        Oyakodon's also called "mother and child" - at least it was in my house. Very satisfying comfort food.

      2. It's funny, I went out to breakfast this morning and noticed a "Chicken Omelette" on the menu. Stuffed with chicken (obviously) and "your choice of cheese". It kind of stood out to me because I found it such an odd combination. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I've never seen a chicken omelette offered before. Unusual.

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        1. re: diablo

          while it's not always called a "chicken omelette," a lot of places in SoCal that offer healthy breakfast options at least have grilled chicken breast as an add-in to egg dishes.

          Hugo's does an egg-white scramble with grilled chicken called the "protein scramble," Jinky's has several egg dishes with chicken on their menu...and of course the Firehouse in Venice will let you add chicken breast to anything for extra protein.

        2. Chicken schnitzel with a fried egg on top and a lemon wedge on the side to squeeze over. Yum!

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          1. re: pikawicca

            Yeah, I was thinking more of runny egg yolk things I guess....as I also use chopped hard boiled eggs in my chicken salad. I too was thinking it was a Mom and baby thing but then I thought of sushi and roe is never a problem...thanks for the insight rworange.

            1. re: bubbles4me

              Well, just my own thoughts. While chickens (except babies) don't have the personality of cute pets ... and I realize someone or another has a beloved pet chicken ... still the mom/baby relationship is warmer than that of a cold fish and roe ... though that crossed my mind too.

          2. Doro wat is a quintessential Ethiopian stew of chicken in a spicy sauce, whole boiled eggs are added before serving.

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            1. re: honey pot

              My favorite local restaurant serves chicken butter masala with a couple of whole boiled eggs in it. Personally, I'd rather have more chicken.

              1. re: babette feasts

                I've gotten something very similar as a special of the day at a Pakistani place- the eggs and chicken meatballs were served in a light creamy sauce over rice. It made for a delicious and very hearty lunch.

              2. re: honey pot

                Oddly enough I was planning on making doro wat and wasn't paying attention to the ingrediants and the addition of hard boiled eggs.

                It was good, but it got me to thinking that chicken and eggs together don't do much for each other flavor-wise and maybe that's why there are not more dishes combining them. They taste fine together, but that's it. One doesn't make the other any better.

                Doro wat

              3. I was thinking of oyakodon, which got another mention, and then I remembered that my grandmother used to cook unhatched eggs from soup chickens in the soup. I don't know what they were called in English, if anything, but in Yiddish they were "ayalach," and they were everyone's favorite.

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                1. re: Judith

                  When I was living in Japan, our favorite sukiyaki place in Tokyo would serve the sukiyaki (piping hot), then crack a raw egg into each serving. The heat partilly cooked the egg, and the egg partially thickened the broth.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    But sukiyaki is beef, not chicken. It's more common just to dip the beef in a bowl of beaten raw egg as you bring it to your rice bowl.

                    For Judith - isn't chicken and egg not Kosher? It's one of the rules of kashrut that you can't eat the child and parent together.

                    1. re: applehome

                      The prohibition is milk and meat - the direct quote is not to cook a kid in its mother's milk. No problems with mixing eggs and chicken-

                      1. re: weinstein5

                        I've always worried about that as well. According to many historians, It comes from a Canaanite custom that served goat fetus boiled in the milk of its mother. Now, according to most Jewish cultures it relates strictly to red meat and its young or to simplify - if it gives milk. There was an interview recently with an Ethiopian family talking about how they will prepare meat and milk together but only if they can show that the baby and the momma are not in the same meal - easy enough in small rural communities like theirs.

                        1. re: weinstein5

                          Even so, though, one wonders if those sorts of prohibitions don't become subconsciously generalized.

                          1. re: tatamagouche

                            Or consciously! My family has always thought that oyako donburi was not kosher because of the mother/child prohibition. I'm sure weinstein is right - I've looked at a couple of Kashrut lists and there is nothing specific beyond the cooking in milk - we just never bothered to research it before. Of course, we never thought twice about the pate with the boiled eggs in it - it was made from pork!

                    2. re: Judith

                      ooh yes eggs in the soup, we used to fight over them in my house. It was rare for my mum to manage to get eggs from her kosher butcher but when she did they were gone in seconds.

                      1. re: smartie

                        Your talking "unborn eggs" right??!!! My favorite things in my moms chicken soup when I was growing up!!! She also used chicken feet for the added gelatin.

                          1. re: tatamagouche

                            Exactly as they sounds - eggs removed form the chicken after it is slaughtered

                            1. re: weinstein5

                              They have not formed shells yet, and so come in different sizes of development...sort of chewy in soup...you can occasionally find them in soup at Vietnamese restaurants.

                    3. Southern style fried boneless chicken, with scrambled eggs and cheese, is very commonly served on a huge, buttery, fluffy biscuit for breakfast around these parts. (Northern Georgia.)

                      It's ridiculously good!

                      1. A little tangential... but Paul Simon's song "Mother and Child Reunion" was named after a a dish he had seen on a menu in a Chinese restaurant. The dish was comprised of chicken and eggs.

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                        1. re: Jennalynn

                          Please, do share where you stumbled upon that lovely tidbit!

                        2. How about chicken fried chicken with eggs, like a chicken fried steak. Chiliquiales with eggs and chicken, eggs with chicken breast.

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                          1. re: paprkutr

                            That is what I was thinking about but I never cook it...or think to and I never see that option on the breakfast menus in my area....that was why I was wondering if it was a "ick" thing or maybe they just dont taste so good together?

                          2. not quite chicken and eggs, but i know some people put egg in the stuffing for turkey

                            1. There is this Vietnamese chicken stew with whole hard boiled eggs in it. It is more home cooking type stuff than what you would see in a restaurant, but I have seen it a few times on Vietnamese buffets. Can't think if the name, though. I remember the gravy is yellowish brown, but I don't think it is curry sauce.

                              1. My mom use to make sauteed soup chicken with onions and scrambled eggs. It's pretty good.

                                1. i think this would be a good idea for a special Iron Chef America challenge - double secret ingredients - chicken & eggs.

                                  1. Chicken Francese/Francaise was the first dish that came to mind. Yum.

                                    1. A lot of other posters have already pointed out lots of asian and asian-inspired chicken & egg dishes...but my favs are:
                                      - chawan mushi (savory egg custard) with bits of chicken
                                      - oyaku donburi (chicken and sauce over hot rice with egg on top)
                                      - shoyu chicken with boiled eggs (a specialty of my mother...throw hard boiled eggs in the shoyu chicken sauce and you end up with dark brown yummy eggs to eat with the shoyu chicken)
                                      - chicken and corn soup with egg drop (I also sometimes do an egg drop soup in my asian inspired chicken soup with napa cabbage and shitakes). YUM.

                                      1. It is not uncommon in Spanish cuisine to combine chicken and eggs. The Spanish like eggs in many dishes. I recently made a lovely dish with chicken livers and chopped hard boiled egg on top.

                                        1. Braised chicken in dark soy sauce with hard boiled eggs in Hokkien cooking (usually it's pork or pork belly, but sometimes chicken is used as a variant).

                                          1. My now husband first ordered a turkey, spinach and swiss omelette years ago and I thought I was weirded out by it, until I tried it. He will often ask me to throw in chicken or turkey into his eggs.

                                            1. I regularly use left-over chicken in omlettes, actually just about any left-over meat will go into a breakfast omlette in my house. One of my favorite post-Thanksgiving Day breakfasts is scrambled eggs with turkey- yum yum.

                                              Hard-boiled eggs are also a nice addition to chicken soup.

                                              1. That's funny!! This morning I made an omelet with bacon pieces and some leftover Costco roast chicken...it was very tasty...and I nary gave it a thought.
                                                I do promise not to eat a "kid boiled in its mothers milk" ....sauteed fine! Boiled in its Aunts milk fine.. but that's as close to Kosher as I'll get!

                                                1. I'm a ittle ashamed to admit this, but about the only thing I'll eat from fast food burger places is the biscuits from Hardee's; especially the chicken fillet biscuit, and when I'm feeling especially gluttonous, I have them add scrambled eggs to it. It is an indulgence that I feel guilty about. some just because of the caloric intake, some because of the combo seeming sort of trafe. It doesn't stop me and the combo never bothers me in Hot and sour soup, or any of a number of other chinese dishes that have both chicken and egg in them. I guess that in the biscuit, there's just no buffer; it's out there sorta naked.