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June 14, 2007

Black Chicken

There's yet another surprise coming out of the Chinese larder: black chicken. A chicken with white feathers and black bones, skin and meat, it's hailed as being healthier than the regular bird as a result of the high levels of anti-oxidants:

BLACK chicken was unveiled as a new form of "super-food" yesterday, after researchers found that the traditional ingredient in Chinese medicine has high levels of a natural anti-oxidant.

Black-bone silky fowl, which have black skin, meat and bones but snow-white feathers, have been used as a "folk invigorant" in China for 1,000 years. Now Chinese food scientists have confirmed they contain high levels of a substance called carnosine. This is a powerful anti-oxidant and is taken in supplement form in the West to improve muscle strength and alleviate the effects of ageing, autism and diabetes.

Chicken is known as a source of carnosine, but it was found that black-bone silky fowl had twice as much of the substance as ordinary breeds.

Here's what a carcass of a black chicken looks like.


Now, I'm willing to believe that there's something interesting about the flavour of a black chicken, over and above the colour scheme, but alleviates the effects of ageing, autism and diabetes?

No, I think we'll have to award a few DMWUs* there, say five or so.

* Daily Mail Woo Units.

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I'm almost convinced. By comparison, the benefits of GM foods seem to pale into insignificance.

Can you, please, run through again the health benefits of the repast served at this Beijing restaurant:

" . . only in China itself do chefs specialise in a range of slightly more unusual delicacies.

"The dish in front of me is grey and shiny.

"'Russian dog,' says my waitress Nancy.

"'Big dog,' I reply.

"'Yes,' she says. 'Big dog's penis...'"

Posted by: Bob B | Jun 14, 2007 9:46:01 AM

What other negative animals do they have?


Posted by: ScotsToryB | Jun 14, 2007 11:06:40 AM

Can you be decent, you are a human being

Posted by: Hannah | Jun 14, 2007 11:11:14 AM

The above message is for Bob be decent and act like a human being. Dont stoop to dog level

Posted by: Hannah | Jun 14, 2007 11:12:56 AM

But that related to a recent topical news item on the BBC website and I'm hardly responsible for items on the menus of Beijing restaurants. With extensive sourcing in China by Tesco and Wal-Mart I have been diligently searching the shelves of tinned meals at my local Tesco and Asda superstores but in vain. I had to make do with a tin of Baby Corn Cobs instead.

Posted by: Bob B | Jun 14, 2007 11:49:24 AM

I cannot wait to try it! Hopefully it won't be pumped with tons of preservatives like most of restaurant fine dining.


Posted by: Hamza Davis | Jun 14, 2007 4:38:46 PM

Why does everything have to be black with you? Why can't they make a Latino chicken?
Damn communists...

Posted by: frank | Jul 6, 2007 5:32:39 PM

Has anyone eaten black chicken? That's all I want to know and, does it taste any different from regular chicken. Thanks.

Posted by: Betty | Oct 29, 2007 5:04:02 AM

Apparently, i have tried it before from one of my Chinese teacher's house when we where having our Mandarin tutorial here in the Philippines...and Yes! the taste is no different from any regular and common Chicken except for the color that is, which is black...and served it steamed/broiled ^_^ just like the steamed chicken served in any fine dine Chinese restaurants...

Posted by: inactivehyperaddict | Oct 29, 2007 5:13:49 PM

I just had it ... it tastes a lot better than normal chicken. My mother forced the broth onto me since I'm not feeling very well... apparently it's a "super-chicken" compared to regular chicken.

I stumbled upon this site because I wanted to actually research the background of "black chicken" and see if she was bullshitting or not. haha.

I highly recommend it, though.

Posted by: Julia | Feb 16, 2008 8:36:34 PM

I would like to know where can the black chicken be purchase at.

Posted by: Lourdes | Mar 10, 2008 7:34:09 PM

You can find black chicken at most asian markets, especially Taiwanese markets. The one place that you can definitely find it is H-Mart. Black bone chicken will really help you heal.... Believe it or not it taste awesome! The bird itself is gorgeous with the softest feathers but once you pluck it, its like looking at a licorice hewn chicken- lol.

Posted by: Petrona | Mar 26, 2008 5:30:58 AM

I've recently heard that black chicken contains bird flu which if not handled and cooked properly can be transfered to humans. So in short DONT EAT BLACK CHICKEN UNLESS YOU WANT TO DIE!

Posted by: mike hunt | Jul 13, 2008 1:23:21 AM

I just had some black chicken broth and it was delicious. I too was wondering if there was a difference between black chicken and regular chicken and they both taste the same. Anyway, I recommend it. yum

Posted by: Amno | Feb 9, 2009 6:32:27 AM

I have eaten black chicken and it is more tasty than the broiler chichen. Eating it is just like other white meat. Add some chinese spices and it becomes my favorite food.! Bon Appetite

Posted by: Jim | Apr 22, 2009 11:53:11 AM

I want to raise them on my farm please send me infomation on hot I can get the black chinken to farm raise them

Posted by: edward v. riffin | May 19, 2009 8:00:31 PM

I want to buy live black to raise them on our farm, Please send me infomation on how I can buy them and farm raise them.


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