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Any other long-term Paleo's no longer satisfied with Chicken?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

This is an odd one.

I used to eat plenty of chicken. I barely eat it now. It is not related, in any way, shape, or form to the negative connotations of excessive PUFA's, or other issues. I still love eating eggs, to the tune of a half-dozen a day minimum - just not what eggs grow into.

I would say this happened fairly gradually. A committed "white meat eater" for most of my adult life, it started happening when I couldn't bring myself to eat a chicken breast, even with lots of fat added to it. After moving onto dark meat (and occasional wings), I then got to where I wouldn't even look at the poultry section of my grocer.

Now I'm to the point where I would rather not eat, than eat chicken.

This was most evident to me yesterday, visiting my mothers home and bringing a roasted chicken for myself and my son to eat (she keeps her fridge stocked with processed foods). I was fasted for about 20 hours, and couldn't bring myself to eat more than 2 bites of the chicken. It didn't taste "bad", I just didn't like it... in a "this won't satisfy me, why bother" sort of feel. For what it's worth, I have similar feelings for most seafood... especially if I have to navigate shells, bones, etc... whereas I have no problem dismantling beef/lamb/piggy ribs or oxtails and smashing them into my face.

Anyone else lose a taste for a specific food for no real reason whatsoever?

Not that I care (no big loss if I don't eat chicken), but just curious...

F7dd1385fab29fb9a8a7275bd106a0ad

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on February 14, 2012
at 06:21 PM

I crave fish all the time now! Just the thought of chicken makes me... unhungry. But fish, yes, I want it all the time. Weird.

F7dd1385fab29fb9a8a7275bd106a0ad

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on February 14, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Agreed. I can't bring myself to eat anything but the dark meat. Tried to cook chicken breast in coconut milk, peas, onions + Spices (tried to get somewhere close to my old Thai Peanut Chicken recipe, sans peanuts) but it was pretty disappointing. I'd be glad to have a better recipe.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on February 14, 2012
at 02:27 PM

+1. same goes for me.

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on February 14, 2012
at 02:16 AM

Chickens are for making eggs. I only eat them when they stop laying.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 14, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Weird, I guess I am used to living in a farm area. You just can buy heritage chicken and chicken from the community at the regular grocery store, like at Safeway or any other grocery store, they will only carry poultry from our area.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on February 13, 2012
at 09:34 PM

In Norway it`s not easy to find free range chicken, unfortunately, and its really really expensive here as well.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:22 PM

agreed that it is less satisfying, but i have to attribute some of this to my perception of its over all value being inferior.

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:02 PM

BYOB (beef) to the Paleo Party, please. Thanks! LOL

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:28 PM

"Free-range" can just mean that there's a small door to an outside region, which almost no birds actually use because they're bred to have such large breasts that walking is a chore.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Schmaltz, schmaltz, schmaltz. The best name for a fatty thing.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Wait, only chickens being raised horribly grosses you out? Try free range, it's easier to buy free range chicken than it is grass-fed beef/lamb or free range pork.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Yeah, whenever people say they don't like chicken, I always think of a nice crisped up full chicken leg (thigh+drumstick), and I can't agree with them...chicken skin is pretty delicious.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Yeah, I'm not getting rid of my oink bacon any time soon... but agree the underlying issue here is the "satisfaction" of the food itself. Even with fat added, chicken just doesn't add much to the party being mostly protein and little nutritive value beyond that.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I made chicken soup for my family last week where I took a whole rotisserie and just shoved it into the pot with water... stripped the bones later and served the meat with the broth for wife and son... I just drank the broth and skimmed the fat to fry some eggs.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I'll even add fat to it, and it still doesn't seem to me like food. Possible exception would be the last roasted chicken I cooked, where I stuffed half a pound of kerrygold under the skin of the breast and roasted it, but if I remember correctly, I ended up straining the pan drippings (butter and chicken fat) into a ramekin and using that as a dipping sauce because the chicken was still unsatisfying.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:05 PM

I have "turned off" chicken as well, but not to this extent. I'm looking forward to what the smart folks here have to say regarding this, very interesting.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:00 PM

I'm similar. I basically never eat chicken or other poultry -- but I do still make and enjoy chicken stock. Chicken bones seem to be made for stock. So to speak.

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1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:02 PM

It's not fatty enough. I can dig chicken if I fry it in copious amounts of bacon fat, tallow, ghee, or butter, but plain chicken by itself is too lean and unfun.

I guess I've spoiled myself with all the beef.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on February 13, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I'll even add fat to it, and it still doesn't seem to me like food. Possible exception would be the last roasted chicken I cooked, where I stuffed half a pound of kerrygold under the skin of the breast and roasted it, but if I remember correctly, I ended up straining the pan drippings (butter and chicken fat) into a ramekin and using that as a dipping sauce because the chicken was still unsatisfying.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on February 14, 2012
at 08:41 AM

I LOVE chicken. I am lucky, I can buy totally free range, heritage breed chickens from a local farm, where I see the hens running about. They are big (6 lbs, the one I roasted on Sunday) and PACKED full of flavour. The juices that I make the gravy from set almost solid - not wobbly jelly, but dense. And the bones make superb stock - my slow cooker is filling the house with delicious smells as I write this.

I think the problem with most chicken that people get is that it IS bland - chickens are killed too young, they haven't been living outdoors eating bugs and things, and the chicken hasn't been hung and has been drawn too soon. They need to hang for a few days and be drawn when sold.

Buy a REAL chicken and try again - it will be a revelation!

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Chicken bores me, especially the white meat. In fact, I make more chicken stock than I do eat chicken. If I'm eating chicken, it will be either a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store (because they're so convenient), or wings on a night out.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on February 13, 2012
at 07:00 PM

I'm similar. I basically never eat chicken or other poultry -- but I do still make and enjoy chicken stock. Chicken bones seem to be made for stock. So to speak.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on February 13, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I made chicken soup for my family last week where I took a whole rotisserie and just shoved it into the pot with water... stripped the bones later and served the meat with the broth for wife and son... I just drank the broth and skimmed the fat to fry some eggs.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on February 13, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Schmaltz, schmaltz, schmaltz. The best name for a fatty thing.

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29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on February 13, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Ive gradually stopped eating chicken. Mainly because it grosses me out that they are raised in horrible ways. And also because of their high content of omega 6. If the chicken was a happy little fellow who had been living free outdoor all his life, Ive would happily have eaten it.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on February 13, 2012
at 08:28 PM

"Free-range" can just mean that there's a small door to an outside region, which almost no birds actually use because they're bred to have such large breasts that walking is a chore.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 14, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Weird, I guess I am used to living in a farm area. You just can buy heritage chicken and chicken from the community at the regular grocery store, like at Safeway or any other grocery store, they will only carry poultry from our area.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 13, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Wait, only chickens being raised horribly grosses you out? Try free range, it's easier to buy free range chicken than it is grass-fed beef/lamb or free range pork.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on February 13, 2012
at 09:34 PM

In Norway it`s not easy to find free range chicken, unfortunately, and its really really expensive here as well.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:22 PM

I can not eat chicken breast unless it's in a soup but I do like the legs. I prefer lamb, beef and pork over chicken if I'm doing physical work.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:23 PM

I agree, I need to eat a lot of chicken now to feel satisfied. So it's more of a lunch food for me. And I am bored of white meat, but a crispy-skinned, juicy chicken thigh and leg topped with herbs, crispy proscuitto and a horseradish dijon mustard still hits the spot.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 13, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Yeah, whenever people say they don't like chicken, I always think of a nice crisped up full chicken leg (thigh+drumstick), and I can't agree with them...chicken skin is pretty delicious.

F7dd1385fab29fb9a8a7275bd106a0ad

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on February 14, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Agreed. I can't bring myself to eat anything but the dark meat. Tried to cook chicken breast in coconut milk, peas, onions + Spices (tried to get somewhere close to my old Thai Peanut Chicken recipe, sans peanuts) but it was pretty disappointing. I'd be glad to have a better recipe.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:01 PM

I no longer enjoy chicken.

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Hah, yes! We eat it maybe once a week for a change, but the rest is mostly beef with some lamb, pork, and fish.

It's still good in some dishes, like grilled on a salad, chicken wings, or cuisines like thai, indian, etc. But it's not my go-to anymore... too boring.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on February 14, 2012
at 02:27 PM

+1. same goes for me.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I've never liked white meat that much- when I was little I would get mad at my mom when we had chicken breasts and tell her to "make it dark!!". Brattiness aside, I really like dark poultry meat, so I cook chicken legs (thigh+drumstick) skin on in kind of a duck-confit style by adding a couple slices of bacon to get the fat going. I also love tandoori chicken legs (thigh+drumstick again), the whole marinating-it-to-tenderness in the yogurt mixture is the bomb. Chicken wings are my easy student-budget-friendly appetizer that you can serve free range without busting the bank.

I eat a fair amount of chicken, mostly because of accessibility. We have always lived right near a poultry farm that my parent's friends own, so we always have 6 or more whole chickens in the freezer. We had chickens for most of my young childhood, but we got rid of them when we moved. It's also easier to find free range chicken than it is other meat- I can usually get a good free range chicken for roasting much easier than a brisket or a pork tenderloin, which are often just CAFO. To get grass fed beef, it is a metro ride away- you can buy free range poultry at most grocery stores. At least in my experience!

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:08 PM

i am not long time paleo, but i find i eat way less chicken than in my healthy SAD days because of the addition of liver, kidney, heart; there are only so many meals one can eat and i do perceive chicken as being a less optimal choice. the same has happened with pork; except bacon. but i think i would drop that too for beef bacon.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Yeah, I'm not getting rid of my oink bacon any time soon... but agree the underlying issue here is the "satisfaction" of the food itself. Even with fat added, chicken just doesn't add much to the party being mostly protein and little nutritive value beyond that.

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:02 PM

BYOB (beef) to the Paleo Party, please. Thanks! LOL

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:22 PM

agreed that it is less satisfying, but i have to attribute some of this to my perception of its over all value being inferior.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Joshua,

I am with you on this chicken thing. I left off the chicken on my grocery list this week for the first time in a long time. I am attempting to eat more wild caught seafood instead.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:01 PM

Yeah chicken is not what I feel like eating anymore at all. Although I would eat some wings if they came from fast food place on a cheat day. I crave deep sea fish like cod, and I crave beef (grass-fed) and I crave lamb. I do not crave chicken although I used to when I wasn't paleo.

F7dd1385fab29fb9a8a7275bd106a0ad

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on February 14, 2012
at 06:21 PM

I crave fish all the time now! Just the thought of chicken makes me... unhungry. But fish, yes, I want it all the time. Weird.

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on February 14, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Similar to OddBallin I'm relatively new to full blown Paleo and I have given up on store bought chicken. HOWEVER, that being said I am going to be trying a fully pastured chicken from one of my local farms in the not too distant future.

The guy I talked to at the farm actually said go buy a chicken at the store, the best quality one you can find. Then come try one of ours, and you'll never go back.

So as soon as I can bring myself to pay more for chicken than grassfed beef I'm going to buy a whole chicken from them and give it a go.

It's just so hard when the freezer is full of beef... ;)

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on February 14, 2012
at 12:29 AM

I'm hardly long-term paleo (started around late November), but it took about 1-2 months to just completely give up on chicken. It's tasteless, it's dry, it's overpriced (even when it's just store-bought organic, which I suspect doesn't go as far as it could in terms of humane practices), its fat isn't the desirable kind, and while it does actually fill me up, it's in more of a belly-ache full than an "I'm completely satisfied" full.
It's just not worth it in my opinion. I can think of so many things I'd rather spend my money on. (Oh, and it's kind of a fun bonus to confuse people by telling them, "I don't eat white meat.")

Chicken broth is still tasty, though!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 14, 2012
at 12:03 AM

I eat less chicken now, and when I eat it I go for the dark meat. I think both chicken and turkey are better brined to keep the white meat moist.

I usually cook chicken in my Flavor-Wave Oven when I cook it and that makes the skin very crispy and blows most of the fat off the bird. With the right spice rub and some lemon slices inside, it tastes good that way.

When I cook chicken for dog food I use the bones to make broth and I enjoy that, using it mainly as a soup base.

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on February 13, 2012
at 11:31 PM

I'm with you too - chicken is sooooo boring unless i roast it thoroughly in lard or butter - but even then it is the last of my choice of meats - occassionallty its ok in a curry. But it is definately no longer a satisfying meat.... its almost become the meat associated with people trying to "SAD" diet.... maybe that's part of it.....?

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Chicken breast is so blah, I 100% agree with you on that. However, chicken thighs I feel like there are so many limitless possibilities because I can make them taste like whatever I want them to, and the texture is really the only thing that's "chicken-like" about it. I mean, if you never eat chicken again, big deal, but have you really exhausted all of the possibilities?

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:02 PM

I seldom eat it anymore. I tried it raw once, because I listened to a Super Human Radio episode on raw food . It tasted like garbage. So, even if I roast it and it tastes really good, the idea that it tastes like garbage raw limits my enjoyment.

I suspect I would like chickens raised on pasture, or roaming about in the jungle (supposedly their natural habitat), but they are much harder to come by than the label chicken. By label I mean organic, natural, anti-biotic free, and whatever new word they come up with to sell it to us. Wouldn't be surprised to see a paleo chicken in stores soon. The only guarantee being that it will be more expensive, possibly a little better in quality, but definitely not quite right.

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0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I lost my taste for chicken rather quickly.

Fish and shellfish have taken over as my favorite foods when I can get them, but grass-fed steak is right up there, too.

I enjoy my own version of buffalo chicken wings (broiled and tossed in Crystal/Kerrygold sauce) once every couple weeks or so and that's about it. I'll also have a whole chicken cooked in the crock pot once in awhile.

I eat about half a pound of bacon a week at the moment, and sometimes I'll go for a nice pastured pork chop or some ribs, but I don't really enjoy pork as much these days, either.

What I'm aiming for lately is to have fish 2-3 times a week, beef 2-3 times a week, chicken 1-2 times a week, pork 1-2 times a week, and offal and bones thrown in wherever I can fit them. Eventually I'd like to try some lamb, but it's a bit pricier. Oh and I probably eat a dozen eggs a week.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:20 PM

I think this has been addressed before, at least tangentially when people list their favorite meats. Chicken falls off the list for a lot of paleo folk. Pork goes down the list, beef almost always climbs to the top.

I still use chicken thighs in my pseudo menudo tripe soup (along with cheap cuts of pork). But that's cheating, because the tripe gives beefy satisfaction to anything.

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on February 14, 2012
at 03:40 PM

I hated chicken for awhile, but I've been eating quite a bit lately, especially diced up and scrambled in eggs with salsa verde.

The key to juicy, tasty skinless chicken breast: cut it up into small, thin strips and salt the absolute heck out of it and sprinkle some black and red pepper on it. Then pan fry them in a PLENTY of olive oil or whatever you like. Place each strip in individually on the hot pan with a little breathing room and turn them only once, don't stir fry them. Only cook them until they are barely done, like a minute or two total. If it takes them longer than that to turn white, cut them thinner.

Also, the quality of your chicken makes all the difference in what it tastes like. I don't mind supermarket beef, but supermarket chicken is disgusting and smells terrible raw, I can't bring myself to eat it.

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