Chicken provides an excellent source of protein, and has less fat than all other types of red meat. Chicken is an easy to cook, inexpensive, versatile, high-protein and low-fat food choice that goes well with other foods. Chicken can be cooked in many different ways, including baking, frying, poaching, grilling and more. The best and healthiest way to cook chicken dishes is by cooking it skinless and steamed. Steaming is healthier because you do not need oil to cook these dishes.