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Chicken flourishes on fall restaurant menus

Health halo, stable prices contribute to ingredient’s popularity

Chicken has long been America’s favorite animal protein, surpassing beef in 1992, according to the Department of Agriculture. But beef remains king in restaurants, where Americans ordered 9 billion hamburgers alone between July 2013 and July 2014, according to NPD’s SupplyTrack.

By comparison, Americans ordered 2.4 billion servings of the most popular chicken menu item — the breaded chicken sandwich — during that time. Both burger and breaded chicken sandwich orders grew 3 perce

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