Springdale, AR - Of all the foods across the world that taste like chicken, a study has found that chicken tastes most like chicken.
The study was carried out by Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), the world's second largest producer of not only chicken, but beef and pork products. Tyson utilized a private testing company to carry out the actual taste tests.
Describing the taste of a food as "it tastes like chicken" is a common occurrence all around the world. The descriptor is most often applied to meat or meat-based products, although there are a few exceptions.
The study found that while indeed some foods had a similar taste and even texture as chicken, chicken itself tastes more like chicken than any of the other foods tested.
When tasted in side-by-side blind testing, participants correctly identified the chicken as chicken 87% of the time. Many participants had to admit that while they had in the past described the taste of the other food as "like chicken", after the side-by-side comparison they would in the future say "sort of like chicken."
Foods included in the study and tested directly against chicken were muskrat, regular rat, chihuahua, Siamese cat, an unidentified pile of roadkill from rural Albania, Robin, pre-adult raccoon, Shetland Pony, Black snake, parrot, infant Loch Ness Monster, Siberian Laughing Monkey and Bald Eagle.
A Tyson spokesperson said "Our purpose was to show that while the taste of some foods is often described as tasting like chicken, when compared directly to chicken, the truth is that those other foods might taste sort of like chicken, but not just like chicken. The findings certainly corroborate what we as a company have believed all along. We also expect the findings to have an impact in our lawsuit against P.F. Chang's and some of the claims made on their menu."