"Tastes like Chicken"

I saw a cartoon once: Two frogs are in bed, smoking cigarettes. One says, “They’re right! We DO taste like chicken.”
–Nott


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I can verify on several different things on their chicken taste. I take in account your average breast of chicken baked with some seasoning. My extensive travel and a whole lot of daring over rounds of beer have helped me to get several of these.

Alligator-more tender than chicken but a certain hint of gameyness. Delicious if you like crabmeat

Rattlesnake-tough not close to chicken. I have been told a lot of snakes are not very soft in meat

Dog-(not eaten myself but seen eaten and description) Sorta like chicken more like beef in the way it broke down on the pallet. Not very gamey

Squirrel- Tasty if put on a spit any other way they just taste very gamey.

Most fowl I have been told tastes more like quail or wild turkey than anything. Distinct wild game has a certain taste-who knows maybe chickens have been bred to lose that gamey taste.

I’ve had rabbit meat, and it DOES taste like chicken. White meat to be exact. You could easily pass it off as chicken to someone who was none the wiser.

Harvey, that must have been a domesticated rabbit. Wild rabbit is quite a bit different from chicken, primarily in that Shake’n’Bake does NOT go well with it. And wild rabbits have darker meat, too. More like ostrich than chicken. Your rabbit was probably living in a cage and eating those pellet things, not frolicking in the woods like my rabbits. :slight_smile:

The wild rabbit that I have had was whiteish meat. In fact it was cooked with pheasant and was quite similar. I think that it depends on the type of rabbit and what it’s diet consists of.

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[Dog-(not eaten myself but seen eaten and description) Sorta like chicken more like beef in the way it broke down on the pallet. Not very gamey]
I had dog at a sidewalk shish-kebob stand in Mombasa, Kenya way back in '88. A bud and I were feeling adventurous and thought it was water buffalo, gnu or the like. After eating we asked what it was and the propieter told us, using many gestures and sounds.
It was prepared by chopping into 1 1/2" cubes and cooked over a wood fire (not coals.)
Though it was heavily marbled with fat, it wasn’t greasy or “gamey”. It had a texture like beef (a roast not steak or chop). The seasoning – it could have been some type of a dry rub since the meat was already prepared and skewered – overpowered any taste the flesh may have had.
All-in-all much tastier the the average McDonald’s fare.

You just supported my friends statement

We were in Africa ourselves and the guy who ate it said it tasted more like beef. I asked him if it was gamey kinda like wild fowl and he said no other than it was slightly chewy. He offered me some but I turned it down due to the fact that I was still fighting off jet lag and had no appetite at all.

Try snake sometime though. Tasty if it is prepared right.

Has anyone tried anything off the insectia platter or how about “aahhh chilled monkey brains” Supposedly they are still eaten though I only seen it in movies

I’ve eaten worms and mosquitoes. Worms taste, not surprisingly, rather like dirt. Mosquitoes don’t taste like anything. I’m anxious to try those grubs some people eat in Africa, the kind you can mush into something that looks and tastes rather like tapioca pudding. I figure if you added some fruit and maybe some booze, they’d probably be pretty palatable. Just 'cause something was once a bug doesn’t mean it has to taste yukky.

All I can vouch for is iguana, and alligator, both of which I would certainly classify as “tasting like chicken.” My sense is that the phrase is most often used to describe the eating of reptiles which tend to have fairly tough, flavorless white meat. To the unrefined palate, not unlike chicken. People don’t really use the “chicken” comparison for seafood, large game (bison, caribou and such), or even many game birds like duck or pheasant.

I wouldn’t be surprised if “reptiles = exotic food” plus reptiles = chickeny taste" begat “exotic food = chickeny taste.”

Reindeer tastes like beef, or more like buffalo perhaps.
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Crocodile steak is delicious. It tastes, in my opinion, very unique. The first words that come to mind to describe the taste are “ancient”, “primordial” and so on.

Snake is good too, although I imagine there’s a lot of variety between different types of snakes. And, in all honesty, I have to say that it does remind me of chicken. But they are both white meats after all.

For the last decade the phrase “It tastes like chicken” has been considered a joke among my friends.
The fried rattlesnake I tried did not taste like chicken. A friend compared it to frog legs.

No one seemed to adress the original point of the question, which was “When did the phrase ‘Tastes like chicken’ become popular?”

Am I the only person among the Teeming Millions that remember’s Burger King’s promotion for some imitation of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. The TV commercial showed two hunters in the woods going after a bear. One of them is nervous, but the other one says, “Don’t worry, they taste like chicken.” Then they hear a noise, turn to the camera and scream. We then see a promotion touting the wonders of Burger King’s new chicken nuggets. When the camera cuts back to the original scene, we see two bears wearing the hunters’ clothes, smacking their lips, and saying “Tastes like chicken.”

This was the first time I had ever heard this phrase, and when The Lion King came out in 1994, I naturally assumed they got that gag from the commercial. If the commercial originated the gag, then I am positive that The Lion King cemented it into popular culture.


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<<I figure if you added some fruit and maybe some booze, they’d probably be pretty palatable>>

You’d have to add a lot of booze to get me to taste a grub, but the booze would have to be in me! My father-in-law watched some program on the Discovery Channel that showed some tribe eating a roasted tarantula. :::gag reflex at work::
He’s gotten off on telling us that each time the “wierd food” discussion comes up.


Carpe Diem!

Incredible… Quite a few people have claimed
to have eaten quite a few exotic critters and
I’m stunned that they still maintain they
taste like chicken… Perhaps some people
have more discerning taste buds than others,
but I suspect that many are less adventurous
than claimed…

I’ve tried hundreds of different animals
myself and can attest that the only one
I’ve tried that taste remotely like chicken
is… chicken! In fact, of all the animals
that I’ve eaten, the one that comes the
closest to matching another in terms of taste
(not texture) is ostrich which I felt tasted
like beef. (though I’ve never tried wild
ostrich - I suspect it may taste different)

I do believe that varmits within certain
classes have certain flavor characteristics
that are common witin the class, but
discernable from class-to-class. ie. I can
usually tell you if the meat I’m eating is
from a bird, a reptile, or a mammal.

Fish have hundreds of subclasses, so I won’t
even go there…

Insects… limited experience…
tried fried grasshoppers - they were supposed
to taste like peanuts - they didn’t. I’ve
eaten a few flying insects inadvertantly on
my motorcycle… most of them were kind of
sweet.

To the individual who thought that the
expression “taste like chicken” was “cemented
into popular culture” by the movie The Lion
King… and thought that MacDonalds invented
it… well, that’s just silly - hopefully
you were trying to be silly!?

Just ask Uncle Bonsai …

>>This was the first time I had ever heard this phrase, and when The Lion King came out in 1994, I naturally assumed they got that gag from the commercial. If the commercial originated the gag, then I am positive that The Lion King cemented it into popular culture.>>

  Umm, yeah. Never even heard this stuff before '94. Hell, chickens were only invented in '87.

OHMY!! You are all young, aren’t you?

I remember this phrase from my childhood in the 1960s, when it applied only to the claim that rats tasted like chicken. This started going around in the late sixties as a commentary on the idea that the urban poor and mentally ill would be forced to eat rats they caught themselves. Ever since that usage, which was common enough on the west coast during the late sixties/early seventies, I’ve assumed that the “tastes like chicken” was harkening back to that.

In fact, my family took on the joke by turning it around: when anyone asks what something tastes like (or an obnoxious child asks what’s for dinner on too many times), someone invariably answers, “Oh! Tastes just like rat!” Hm… Maybe that’s why none of my friends ever had dinner with us twice…

Hey, I still think it’s kinda funny, especially when we’re having chicken!

If it tastes like chicken then why not just eat chicken?