-> ''"Chicken: what everything exotic or visually off-putting invariably tastes like, only cheaper."''

Alice is trying to get Bob to eat [[AlienLunch a new meal that people don't usually eat]]. When Bob finally gives in, and eats what's unfamiliar to him, he immediately proclaims, "Mmmm... [[IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam Tastes like chicken]]!" In short, practically everything tastes like chicken in Fiction Land.

This is supposed to convey the message that the taste is, if not good, at least [[SoOkayItsAverage blandly inoffensive]].

This idea was tested on the Food Network show ''Food Detectives'', and found to be true for almost all meat from animals that don't have hooves. The scientific rationale is that the muscles are made mostly of fast-twitch fibers and lacking in slow-twitch, so basically any small and light animal that's not a fish will tend to taste close enough to each other that the brain's sense memory defaults to the most commonly-eaten meat of that type -- a sort of culinary version of SmallReferencePools. For most people, that means chicken. Fast-twitch fibers are the vanilla ice cream of the flesh-product world, and don't really have much of a flavor to start with. It holds especially true if the animals in question are relatively young and haven't picked up a lot of environmental flavors; alligator tastes fishier if the animal's been swimming around eating seafood for a few years, and most market chickens are about 6-8 months old when they're shipped.

On the other hand, whether or not this is true also depends greatly on how the food is prepared. When the Series/MythBusters tested this one, the rate of success in identifying chicken from not-chicken increased when the meat was ground up and then cooked on a grill. And for some, the ''texture'' of the meat may be a dead giveaway no matter how it's prepared (as Tory proved in the first round of testing; this is what prompted the ground-up-then-grilled test).

Based on a passage from Christopher Columbus' log, "The Log of Christopher Columbus," in which he describes having killed and eaten a serpent: "The people eat them and the meat is white and tastes like chicken."

Contrast with ItTastesLikeFeet.


* In a UK Coke ad following the launch of a rival British cola with a big ad campaign. Kid takes unbranded cola bottle from refrigerator, tastes, goes "Mmm, tastes like... chicken." The new cola kind did it, too, particularly once the idea had got in your head.
* It's said of Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld (implying that he has an extremely distinguishing palate) "He never says that something tastes like chicken. Not even chicken."
* Hilariously played with in an old Creator/FoodNetwork commercial, showing some suburban tourists in an African village given a handful of grubs to eat. One reluctantly eats one and says "Huh, tastes like chicken." The next scene is a suburban backyard BBQ with some African tribesmen attending. They reluctantly take a bite of fried chicken and one remarks in the subtitles "Huh, tastes like grubs."

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Manga/YuYuHakusho: In Episode 21, Yusuke has used up almost all of his spirit energy to defeat [[BigBad Suzaku]] [[spoiler: (or so it would seem)]], and is crawling towards the mystical [[BrownNote Makai Flute]] to destroy it. Suzaku's pet bird [[ParrotPetPosition Muguru]] knocks it away from him, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Muguru:''' I'll never let you reach it!
-->'''Yusuke:''' Really? Well, I was thinking a hot meal was just what I need. (''points [[FingerGun his finger]] at her'') I bet you'd taste ''exactly'' like roasted chicken!
-->'''Muguru:''' [[OhCrap ....!]]

* In one of his stand-up specials, Creator/BobcatGoldthwait rants about how everything weird supposedly tastes like chicken. "If it tastes like chicken, why not just get some chicken? Cheapest fucking meat on the planet!"
* Creator/EddieIzzard has a bit about how humans taste of chicken, in his Dressed to Kill. Later it comes up as "Tastes of human" while pretending to serve chicken.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]]'' graphic novel was titled "Tastes Like Chicken".
* ComicBook/UltimateMarvel's ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}''. [[http://imgur.com/su4Y6to {graphic content)]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'': The poultry prohibition caused by the bird flu pandemic has made chicken substitutes SeriousBusiness. The closest match is the gallsberry, an unusual eggplant-like food of mysterious [[spoiler:(likely alien)]] origin.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Deconstructed by the Comics Curmudgeon [[http://joshreads.com/?p=1266 when it appeared in B.C.]], who rants at length against a punchline that ascribes the attribute "tastes like chicken" to a fish:
-->''The whole "tastes like chicken" joke is about exotic animals that people don't usually eat, you see, and at root it's based on the fact that chicken is fairly bland, as is most meat from small-ish animals, and it's just that chicken is the kind of small-ish animal we eat the most. And fish, by contrast, actually have a really distinctive flavor ... and he's eating a fish... and the joke would have worked just as well if the punchline had been "it sure tastes great" or something along those lines... and... and... AAAAARRRGGGH!''
* Played with in ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' with the Shmoo. While they defintely taste like chicken when fried, shmoos often taste differently when prepared some other way. To wit: Broiled, they taste like steak. Roasted they taste like pork. Baked they taste like catfish. And yes, they taste like oysters on the half shell when eaten raw.
* One gag in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' portrayed a cow eating a steak. "Interesting... interesting... I'd say we taste a little bit like chicken."
* Inverted by one ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' comic where the title character is eating chicken; a friend asks what it tastes like and he replies "Everything else."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6172754/3/Freak-of-Nature Freak of Nature]]'' Harry tries his hand at living in the London Zoo and concludes that penguin tastes like chicken.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6575772/1/Yabba-Dabba-Joes Yabba Dabba Joes]]'' the accidental time travelers discover that trooedons taste like a cross between alligator and dark meat chicken. The Joes wish they had a spice rub or a marinade to go with the meat.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8354496/2/I-Know-Your-Secret I Know Your Secret]]'' Harry tries what he's pretty sure are frogs' legs, decides they taste like chicken and wonders why you couldn't just cook and eat some actual chicken instead.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6160250/6/apprentice Apprentice]]'' Harry is relieved to find actual chicken on the dinner menu in China.
-->'''Harry:''' I must admit I heard stories about monkey brains and dog.\\
'''Bill:''' I was always told dog tastes like chicken, so you never know.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7116136/18/Harry-Potter-Wishing-for-a-friend Harry Potter: Wishing For a Friend]]'' the goblins put all of the soul pieces from the non-living Horcruxes into Nagini and then kill and cook her. Harry has to eat a bit to show honor to the goblins who killed her.
-->Afterwards he told Hermione and Luna it tasted like chicken, but with a dark silky smooth sensitive flavor.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross says this both for the elephant tuna that Sanji got in Loguetown and the Sandora Dragon that they grill up in Alabasta. He lampshades how very nonsensical it is in the latter instance.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10404927/chapters/26700426 Harry Potter and the Shadowed Light]]'' after Lockhart tries to kill Luna Harry feeds him to the basilisk.
-->'''Harry:''' Aithusia apparently thinks peacocks taste like chicken, but slightly stringier.
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9897302/chapters/22187189 Dual Worlds]]'':
-->'''Daniel:''' I was thinking of getting some coffee. I think we still have some left. I'm also a little hungry. Want to go?\\
'''Jack:''' Sure. There's nothing better than the taste of an MRE. Ummm...chicken.\\
'''Daniel:''' Everything tastes like chicken.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has Timon claiming a grub is this.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp''. Cody, not paying attention, remarks to Chicken Joe that his Squid on a Stick tastes like chicken. Joe says 'yup', clearly not catching on.
** And then Chicken Joe gets saved from being eaten by [[CannibalTribe cannibal penguins]] once he gives them a Squid on a Stick, who remark "tastes like chicken" and request more of those.
* ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'':
-->'''Goanna:''' Uhh... what's a human?\\
'''Batty Koda:''' Delicious and nutritious! Tastes just like chicken!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'':
-->'''Albino Croc''': Whoever gets to the bottom of the slide first wins the right to eat Mort, which I hear he tastes like chicken.
-->'''Nana''': I've had lion before. Tastes like chicken.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Said by Richard Dreyfuss as the title role in ''Krippendorf's Tribe'', as a direct reference to ''The Lion King'''s same line.
* A DiscussedTrope in ''Film/TheMatrix'', philosophically as usual.
-->'''Mouse:''': That makes you wonder about a lot of things, you take chicken, for example, maybe the machines couldn't figure out what chicken tastes like, which is why chicken tastes like everything. Or, maybe they couldn't figure out-
-->'''Apoc:''' Shut up, Mouse.
* ''Film/DemonicToys'':
-->'''Mark Wayne:''' Everything tastes like chicken, you notice that? Frog legs, snakes... even rabbits taste like chicken.
* In the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie, Daniel has this opinion of roast Abydos desert lizard. His efforts to convey this to his hosts are met with limited success, though the natives later refer to him as "Chicken Man".
* In ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'', the Hannibal Lecter Expy claims that human flesh tastes like chicken.
* The ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' movie pairs this with YouTasteDelicious as Clown/Violator licks Wanda's face.
* In the black comedy ''Film/TheGreenButchers'' said butchers sell human flesh as chicken.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'':
-->'''Phil''': I had groundhog for lunch. It wasn't bad. Tastes like chicken.
* A U.S. military training film on emergency wilderness survival invoked this humorously when a crashed pilot saw a snake slithering away and pursued it, with a voice-over of the pilot thinking, "The manual says you taste like chicken ... and buddy, that's just too bad for you."
* ''[[Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt A Kid in Aladdin's Palace]]'': Calvin is encouraged to eat bugs as part of a hazing ritual, and he notes that they taste like (slimy) chicken.
* In ''Film/TheWayBack'', while CrossingTheDesert, our half-dead heroes manage to kill a snake.
-->"Tastes like chicken."
-->"Yeah. A big, black, poisonous chicken with no legs."
* ''Film/TheGoldRush'' had a pantomime version of it as he eats his boot like it was a chicken.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney''. The Trolls say everything Bert cooks tastes like chicken, except for chicken, that tastes like fish.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'' [[spoiler:upon placing the new {{Unobtainium}} powered Arc Reactor into his chest, Tony remarks it tastes like coconut. And metal.]]
* In German-Yugoslavian ''Old Surehand'' (''Flaming Frontier'' in the USA) the titular hero and his [[PluckyComicRelief sidekick]], Old Wabble, spend a night on a remote farm. Old Wabble praises the chicken bouillon the farmer's wife made. She tells him that wasn't chicken bouillon, but a snake soup. Old Wabble is so shocked, he keeps repeating "Snake soup. [[AlcoholHic Hic!]]"[[note]]Heroes' obvious drunkenness and shock prompt the farmer couple (who actually are bandits) to attack, but Old Surehand only pretends to be drunk and easily kills them.[[/note]]
* In ''The Freshman'' (not [[Film/TheFreshman that one]]) Marlon Brando's character hosted a "Gourmet Club" that regularly feasted on endangered species, and was planning to serve a stolen Komodo dragon at their latest meeting. Toward the end of the movie, it's revealed that he regularly smuggled said animals out of the kitchen while still alive, and had his chefs prepare chicken or turkey instead, figuring his guests would never know the difference. For Komodo dragon, he told his chefs, "Dark meat."
* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians'':
-->'''Waddlesworth:''' Tastes just like chicken.
* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', Doctors Floyd and Halvorsen are lunching on some reconstituted space food. Dr. Floyd asks if it's chicken. Dr. Halvorsen says "Something like that. Tastes the same anyway."

* The Dinosaur Megamorphs from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has Jake eating T-rex. Marco begs him not to say that it tastes like chicken. According to Jake, it tastes like swordfish.
** Ironically, dinosaurs (though admittedly not T. rex directly) are related to birds. So if anything, you might expect their meat to taste like chicken!
* In ''Absolutely Normal Chaos'', the heroine's best friend tells her that ''kisses'' taste like chicken. (They don't.)
* [[TropeOverdosed Mandatory]] ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' example:
--> ''It tasted a little like chicken. When you are hungry enough, practically anything can.''
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata''. The Posleen will [[ExtremeOmnivore eat anything, including their own young]]. When they invade Earth, they get their first taste of chicken:
--> '''Random Posleen:''' ''(chews, ponders)...'' Tastes like nestling.
* In ''Creator/DaveBarry's Guide to Guys'', he admits that in the mad panic to prepare for the oncoming Hurricane Andrew, he felt the need for supplies such as plywood so badly that he could taste it. (And it tasted, of course, like chicken.)
* Ogden Nash wrote, in the short poem "Experiment Degustatory", about being told rattlesnake meat tastes like chicken -- so now he can't stand to eat chicken, because he knows it tastes like rattlesnake.
* Skink, a popular recurring character in Creator/CarlHiaasen novels, is fond of roadkill (ItMakesSenseInContext). Whenever he offers it to another character, they will invariably reply it tastes like chicken.
* In ''[[Literature/PrinceRoger March to the Sea]]'', after killing the ''flar-ke''[[note]]very aggressive and large Mardukan herbivores, akin to Cape Buffalo on Earth[[/note]] that were threatening Roger's group, the humans make a meal of the remains of the beasts. Captain Pahner comments that they're about to find out what ''flar-ke'' tastes like, to which Dobrescu replies "[[LampshadeHanging one guess]]". It turns out that it really ''does'' taste "very much like chicken."
* At one point in ''[[Literature/PigeonSeries The Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog!]]'', Pigeon wonders if hot dogs taste like chicken.
* Averted in the non-fiction ''Why Did The Chicken Cross the World?'' by Andrew Lawler. The author tries the famed and expensive Bresse chicken and is surprised to find it lives up to the hype.
-->''This is chicken that, thankfully, really does not taste like chicken.''
* In ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot'', as the teachers are in an asylum, Mr. Meaner eats a glowing glob and says it tasted like chicken. [[spoiler:It causes him to develop superintelligence.]]


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Amazingly used in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. A group of Borg drones are stranded on an alien planet. Without a functioning Borg Cube they can't regenerate, so they must eat one of the dead drones. One of the nonhuman drones remarks, "It tastes similar to a bird I once ate." It takes LetsMeetTheMeat a little too literally.
** In "Hunters," Tom describes one of [[LethalChef Neelix's]] mystery dishes as tasting like chicken, but with the consistency of corn husks.
** Used again in "The Void." The crew of ''Voyager'' is experiencing a food shortage and Neelix has whipped up something to look like a delicacy but is really just some alien whatever. He tells Paris to "pretend that it's Seven's fettran risotto" and Paris replies "It tastes more like chicken."
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' episode "Fare Game":
-->'''Danny Messer:''' \\
'''Tony Collins:''' Tastes like chicken, right?\\
'''Danny Messer:''' No.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "The First Commandment", Daniel Jackson says this with a tone of disgust about the meal they're eating. When Sam Carter asks what's wrong with it tasting like chicken, Jackson says it's supposed to be macaroni and cheese.
** Played with in another episode, where a food-obsessed alien who has never eaten chicken gets some and thinks it's amazingly good. He demands more, but doesn't get any because it's a [[BlatantLies "rare delicacy."]]
* The Abzorbaloff villain in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Love & Monsters" said this after he "ate" or absorbed a human into his own body.
* A hilarious subversion comes from ''The Colony'' and crosses over with RealLife as the response was completely genuine and [[RealityTV unscripted]]. When the colonists [[ReducedToRatburgers resort to eating the rats]] that infest the Sanctuary ([[ItMakesSenseInContext marinated with garlic and rosemary no less]]), long-time vegetarian [[AbsentMindedProfessor John C.]] tries some out of curiosity. His response?
-->"Mm. Tastes like...[[ShapedLikeItself rat]]. It tastes like bald eagle!"
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "A View from the Gallery", Bo chides Mack for failing to adhere to the trope when eating a spoo sandwich.
-->"What's it taste like?"
-->"I dunno...spoo, I guess."
-->"You're supposed to say chicken!"
** Not chicken per se, but the concept is played with when G'Kar serves dinner to a Narn ambassador:
-->'''Na'kal''': Breen. You've managed to import breen from homeworld. How? \\
'''G'Kar''': It...isn't actually breen. \\
'''Na'kal''': But the smell, the taste... \\
'''G'Kar''': It's an Earth food. They are called "Swedish meatballs". It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs. I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never get explained or [[GoMadFromTheRevelation which will drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/ICarly'' where Spencer spends the last bit of an episode cringing at the fact a live [[ItMakesSenseInContext baby chick had crawled into his mouth]] and him complaining that it didn't even taste like chicken.
* In an episode of ''Series/MyHero'', George gets some GM Food from his home planet which allows anything to taste like anything (e.g. something that looks like brocoli but tastes like ice cream), the local crazy guy, Tyler, has a snack in George's house and says that it tastes just like chicken, only for it to be revealed by George that it is chicken.
* The concept was explored in an episode of ''Food Detectives''. The conclusion is that it's more of a function of texture than flavor. Any meat that is light in color, tender in texture, and mild in flavor can be and often is mistaken for chicken. More exotic meats tested included frog legs, alligator...and guinea pig.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' also tested the concept, and came to a different (though not necessarily contradictory) conclusion than ''Food Detectives'' did.
** The first test had the various meats battered, fried, and seasoned. Grant's success rate was low (11/20, or little better than chance), but Tory was able to detect texture differences that gave him a 17/20 success rate.
** The second test had the meats ground up to eliminate the texture factor, then cooked on an outdoor grill. Due to the lack of seasoning to mask flavors, Tory guessed 18/20 correctly, and Grant guessed 19/20 correctly.
** A conclusion could be drawn that seasoning and preparation are ''very'' important to the trope, as is texture. Because of the high success rate in the second test, the myth was overall Busted. However, there was one meat that both Tory and Grant thought tasted like chicken in test two: [[spoiler: Boar]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' being a SelfMadeOrphan, he mentions this in a BlackComedy moment.
-->'''Angel''' My parents were great. [[ImAHumanitarian Tasted a lot like chicken.]]
* In ''Series/DayBreak'' at one point the hero is detained in a police station with some crazy unkept man. He asks the hero to give him his arm, then suddenly bites it and starts shouting "I told you, we taste the same! We all taste just like chicken!" while a policeman takes him away. Later we learn why he became so unhinged, the biting becomes a minor plot point, but why exactly did he bite him is never explained.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'': After getting captured by the [[WickedWitch witch]] from ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'' in the "[[Recap/SupernaturalS10E12AboutABoy About A Boy]]" episode, Dean tries to buy time by asking if people taste like chicken.
-->'''Dean''': So, uh, is it worth it? I mean, word on the street is people kind of taste like chicken.\\
'''Katjia''': A bit. European [[ChildEater children]] are more, uh, free range, gamier. Americans, though -- ooh Ė they are heaven. (''Laughs'') Fattier. The meat, so finely marbles, itís almost buttery. I just canít get enough. \\
'''Dean''': Mmm. Awesome.\\
'''Katjia''': No! I am in awe. This is my first visit to your country. And I have to say God Bless the USA.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': In the ''Talking Dead'' episode following the fourth season finale of the show that ''Talking'' discusses, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes' actor) is a guest, and discusses the scene with the Claimers [[spoiler:where he rips out the leader's throat with his teeth]]. When setting up the scene, he's asked by the effects team which kind of meat he'd like for spitting out [[spoiler:to simulate the flesh ripped out of the leader's throat]], beef or chicken, and going with reasoning of this trope he says chicken. He mentions this was a poor decision on his part, given the specifics of the scene.
* When ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' did a segment on chicken farmers, they showcased news reports where meats were likened in taste to chicken, such as lizard, alligator and armadillo. Then John discussed how that analogy is hardly translatable to other senses ("If I said 'everything looks like tables' or 'everything feels like cushboards' you'd think I'm insane").
** Later on the episode when thinking how to help chicken farmers, he considered stop eating chicken before disregarding it immediatly since "chicken is delicious" while eating from a bucket and adding [[BrickJoke "it tastes like armadillo".]]
* Averted in ''Series/{{Rome}}'' which is starving because Marc Antony has cut off the grain shipments. Pullo says that dogs taste like pork if you cook them right. Unfortunately they've already eaten the dogs.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode TheLandThatTimeForgot, Crow guesses that dinosaur tastes like chicken. Tom Servo corrects him: [[MundaneMadeAwesome chicken tastes like dinosaur]]!

* The [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]] song, "The Night Santa went Crazy," features this line:
--> ''Then he picked up a flamethrower and barbecued Blitzen, and he took a big bite and said, "It tastes just like chicken!"''
* {{Music/Gorillaz}}'s "Superfast Jellyfish" is supposedly an advertising jingle for the eponymous breakfast treats, which are made of cute cartoon jellyfish and allegedly taste "just like chicken".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the history of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the [[BigEater Ogre]] tribe of Bulg Legeater hunted down and consumed the hobgoblin warhost of Gholg Slitthroat after hearing that hobgoblin meat 'tastes a bit like beef'.
* "Tastes Like Chicken" is an actual card in the Zombie expansion of the ''Munchkin'' card game (it refers to zombies eating humans).
** The same card name is used in ''Munchkin Conan'' for a card that lets you cancel any other card. (The card illustration is an edited version of Conan killing the vulture while he was crucified.)
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Mysteries of the Hollow Earth''. In Professor Trader's journal he says that the dinosaur Compsognathus tastes "not unlike chicken".
* In ''TabletopGame/KoboldsAteMyBaby'', the titular kobolds by default have the flaw "Tastes Like Chicken," which guarantees that kobolds will find each other quite delicious (as will any other non-herbivore). That's the ''better'' of two choices - the other is "Tastes Like Baby." Note the title as to a kobold's reaction to babies.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* This is one of the stock replies uttered when a prisoner of war is captured by the BigBad in the ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' attraction at Ride/UniversalStudios.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* When you eat the old man's lunch in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', [[{{Woolseyism}} Ted Woolsey]] says it "''tastes like chicken!''" [[spoiler:Just don't do it before you face the judge...]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' uses this as the slogan for Iguana Bob's [[HumanResources iguana-on-a-stick]]. Also "Tastes like chicken" quote appears in "Snake Eater"[[labelnote:*]]poison resistance bonus[[/labelnote]] perk description in games 1 and 2.
* Used in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. Justified because snake does really taste like chicken.
** More like turkey, actually.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior'' when you beat one of giant bosses, your character tastes whats left of it and declares that it tastes like chicken.
* In the ''VideoGame/SamAndMax'' game The ''Mole, The Mob, and The Meatball'', Max finds that webcams taste like chicken and goes great with ketchup.
* In ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest'', when Drong is asked to describe the taste of '''volcanic rock''', of all things, he says it "tastes like chicken. Hard chicken."
* In ''VideoGame/{{ADOM}}'', eating a the corpse of a giant bat gets you a message "Tastes like chicken."
* In the second mission of ''VideoGame/{{Warbears}}'', if Kla gets hit by a slime ball, one of the things he says is, "Tastes like the chicken I had yesterday."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 2'', there are Louie's entries on how to cook a number of the enemies that the group comes across. One is the Mamuta, a giant stone... thing. The cooking entry for this particular enemy is: "Inedible. [[ExtremeOmnivore Tastes like chicken]]."
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', there is a side mission titled "Tastes Like Chicken." It involves a [[EvilChef chef who has gone crazy in the zombie outbreak]], and attempts to prepare [[ImAHumanitarian a meal of human flesh]] to impress the important food critic that he still thinks is coming to his restaurant.
* There is an achievement in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' called "Tastes Like Chicken", earned by eating 50 different kinds of food.
* ''VideoGame/TribesII'' - "[[ImAHumanitarian Humans taste like]]... chicken." as a line from the bioderms.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - if Fenris is a Rival at the end of his personal plot:
-->'''Fenris:''' Hadriana is dead. Danarius is dead. I am finally free. But none of it feels like it should! This freedom tastes like ashes.
-->'''Snarky! Hawke:''' I always thought it tasted like chicken.
-->'''Fenris:''' Yes, joke. That's your answer for everything, isn't it?
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' during James and Garrus' brag-off.
-->'''James''' (human): What's the matter Vakarian? You chicken?\\
'''Garrus''' (alien): I don't even know what that ''is'', though I've heard everything in the galaxy tastes like it.
* A quest chain in ''VideoGame/SpacePiratesAndZombies'' has you pick up meat substitutes for the "Moon Burger" fast food chain. Toxic waste is used for beef and zombie meat is used for chicken.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Davan once argued that babies would taste like chicken because of this trope's existance.
** His friend argued back that babies would taste more like veal, veal being baby cow. Yeah, it's almost literally a BlackComedy.
*** Veal kind of tastes like chicken, in fact. No slow-twitch fiber development because the calves can't move.
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Katherine once cooked and ate the squirrels that were destroying her rooftop garden. True to the trope, [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/tasteslikechicken/ they tasted like chicken.]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': When Percy the carnivorous wooly mammoth is first seen, he's eating one of the people at the lab where he was cloned into existence and says "Wow! Tastes like chickensaurus!"
* Referenced in ''Webcomic/ChickenWings'' [[http://www.chickenwingscomics.com/?p=1646 here]]. Julio is impressed by Chuck's Halloween costume and tastes the fake blood, to find what he used to make it look so real. The blood tastes like chicken, [[FurryReminder because Chuck is one]], and that's no costume, [[AmusingInjuries the injury is real]].
* ''Webcomic/SecondEmpire'': Apparently ''teleportation'' tastes like chicken to a Dalek. Bonus points awarded as they have no idea what chicken means, either.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' it's initially played straight when Professor Zoomar comments that roast giant pterodactyl tastes like chicken; then inverted in a story set some years later, Zoomar has forgotten what chicken tastes like (as it's AfterTheEnd) and upon being reintroduced to it, remarks that it tastes exactly like giant pterodactyl.
* In ''Webvideo/{{Brains}}'', at least one zombie thinks pigeon brains taste like fried chicken.
* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' Gordon goes on a long rant about people who say every new meat tastes like chicken and concludes the alien he fried [[TastesLikeFeet tastes like grasshoppers]].
* ''WebVideo/AskANinja'': In episode 61 "OmniPresent".
--> '''Dylan AAN''': What do souls taste like?
--> '''Ninja''': Anti-chicken!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Sokka proclaim that some possum chicken a couple of Swamp Dwellers give him tastes like Arctic Hen.
** This was done a little earlier in the episode, when Due and Tho are musing what their current prey (Momo) tastes like.
--> '''Due''': Bet he tastes a lot like possum chicken!
--> '''Tho''': [[LampshadeHanging You think everything tastes like possum chicken!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'':
-->'''Toki:''' Candy: Tastes like chicken, [[{{Dissimile}} if chicken was a candy]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode where Egon [[FreakyFridayFlip switches bodies with Slimer]], he observes that everything Slimer eats tastes like chicken.
* Said exactly by Matter Eater Lad from the Legion Of Superheroes when he eats a giant alien beast.
* The second episode in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', when it emerged that Jade had accidentally swallowed the Rooster Talisman (which had wound up in the soup she was wolfing down at the time) in the previous episode:
-->'''Jade:''' Umm... Tastes like chicken.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' had some fun with this when Space Ghost was interviewing Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook. As Yan prepared a turkey for him, they discussed how this saying makes no sense, "I hate when people say "This tastes like chicken." It doesn't. Chicken tastes like chicken."
* [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis]] says this when he and Butt-head attempt to lick toads to get high.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "[[http://powerpuff.wikia.com/wiki/Bubble_Boy Bubble Boy]]", in which Boomer of the Rowdyruff Boys is held captive by Professor Utonium and company. Bubbles was sent as a replacement for Boomer, and at one point, Bubbles ''had to eat a cockroach so the Rowdyruff Boys won't suspect that she isn't the real Boomer''. After Bubbles catches the other 2 Rowdyruff Boys (they escaped though), Professor Utonium learns about the cockroach incident and apologizes to Bubbles.
-->'''Professor Utonium''': I'm sorry you had to eat a cockroach.
-->'''Bubbles''': That's okay. It tasted like chicken!
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Every Meat Burritos", Rigby says that the titular burritos taste like chicken.
* Parodied in one episode of WesternAnimation/CatDog, at the begining of the episode; Dog is chasing a pigeon that he apparrently thinks is a chicken (he keeps repeating the word "Chicken!" throughout the chase) and when he finally eats the bird, he says "Tastes just like... pigeon."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' episode "Welcome to the Club," Twister and Sam are trying some new delicacies at the Ocean Shores Beach Club. Sam tries some tripe, and says it "tastes like chicken and salty marshmallows." He and Twister initially enjoy it, but are then grossed out to learn it comes from [[IAteWhat sheep stomach]].
* Not a chicken example, but in Terra's debut episode in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Titans invite Terra over to Titans Tower, and Starfire offers her some Glorg (to everyone else's disgust). Terra tries it and comments that it tastes like sushi mixed with ice cream.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This comment is so frequent that even Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tastes_like_chicken has an entry for it]]. There are several explanations for it. One idea is that chicken has a bland taste because fat contributes more flavour than muscle (especially in the case of a lean cut such as a skinless chicken breast), making it a generic choice for comparison.
* Because the sense of taste is subjective and can be affected by many factors, there will probably be a lot of odd things that some people sincerely believe taste like chicken. You yourself won't know for sure unless you try them. It's actually possible that the compounds that give the average serving of unseasoned chicken meat its characteristic taste ''won't'' taste like chicken to certain people.
* In Shanghai, P.J. O'Rourke was invited to try a shotglass full of cobra blood. His verdict? "Tastes a little like chicken... blood."
** Snake meat ''tastes'' almost exactly like chicken, though the texture is very different.
* As much as he didn't want to say it, [[Series/NoReservations Anthony Bourdain]] admitted that Armadillo tastes like chicken.
* Subverted for human flesh. [[http://archive.wired.com/table_of_malcontents/2006/11/robot_identifie/ We actually taste like pork.]][[note]]Human flesh has often been called the "long pork," so perhaps we didn't need a robot to tell us[[/note]]. This could possibly be explained by the fact that pigs are near perfect human analogs. That's why they always use pig carcasses on ''Series/MythBusters''. Some have also described human flesh as tasting like [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080202122009/http://food.oregonstate.edu/ref/culture/taboo_allen.html veal.]] Apparently, black people taste sweet, while white people taste salty. But surprisingly, [[EatsBabies babies don't actually taste better]]. They taste like fish.
** A persistent UrbanLegend suggests that [[DoesNotLikeSpam SPAM]], a pork product made from the richest slow-twitch muscle fibers nearest the bone, was so popular in post-war Polynesia because it tastes even more like "long pig" than the rest of the pig.
** SerialKiller Jeffrey Dahmer, in his written confession that was admitted into evidence at his sanity hearing, wrote that human flesh tasted like beef.
*** Greg Foot, in ''The Secrets of Everything'', had his thigh biopsied then cooked the tissue. It smelled (and looked) like beef, but the analysed odours indicated a mix of meat flavours including chicken.
** As pigs are the only ''omnivorous'' mammals most people have actually tasted, it's not that strange that humans (also omnivores) would taste more like them than like other edible livestock.
** Issei Sagawa, a man who murdered a fellow Parisian literature student and ate her corpse, claimed her flesh tasted a lot like raw tuna.
* Also subverted for alligators; most people who've eaten alligator say it tastes more like fish than chicken, although the ''texture'' does remind them of chicken. That being said, alligators ''eat'' fish, and presumably the fishy taste comes through there (baby alligator is noted to be non-fishy; conversely, chickens fed fish meal generally end up tasting fishy).
** Texture-wise, boiled crocodile is closer to pork.
* Rabbits tastes like chicken, same does iguana.
** Some people think rabbit tastes more like something between beef ''and'' chicken.
** American astronaut Pete Conrad commented that iguana tastes rather like chicken during a retelling of his time in survival training.
* Seeing as how avians and reptiles have a relatively recent common ancestor, it makes perfect sense that lizards and squamates taste like chicken. (The fact that pork, beef, and various other large ungulates do not taste like each other seems to be representative of the fact that slow-twitch muscles have developed somewhat differently in each lineage, but fast-twitch muscles seem to be conserved across the superclass Tetrapoda--which is how such widely disparate animals as frogs and rabbits[[note]]Which are more closely related to ''humans'' than anything that isn't a primate or almost a primate[[/note]] can both taste like chicken, as being small, quick, leaping animals, frogs and rabbits both have far greater need of fast-twitch muscle than slow-twitch.)
* Frog legs. They're actually really good and taste '''exactly''' like chicken, but with the texture of fish.
* There's a good chance that making practically every dish with "a cup of chicken broth" stands a good chance of making everything in it "taste like chicken".
* Because chicken is a very common food that is eaten almost everywhere by everyone, it becomes the benchmark for comparison by default.
* Subverted with turkey, which tastes ''very'' different from chicken despite their being more closely-related to chickens than most of the animals mentioned above. Turkey has a richer, slightly greasier flavor (especially if you eat the dark meat of the turkey, compared to the dark meat of a chicken).
** Duck also has such a distinct taste that it could never be mistaken for anything else.
** Ditto for goose.
** And game birds--squab, pheasant, quail, etc.
* Use and inversion on a Food Network promotional spot: an American couple is brought to Botswana as guests of a local tribe, where they eat mopane worms, describing them as tasting like (honey-barbequed) chicken. The headmaster of the tribe is then brought to America as a guest of the couple and fed chicken; he describes it as tasting like mopane worms.
* Unripe jackfruits have been known to taste like chicken, and are sometimes used as a meat substitute by vegetarians. (''Ripe'' jackfruit tastes like jackfruit, or for those who've never had the actual fruit, Juicy Fruit gum). By the same token, breadfruit, when roasted, smells and tastes a lot like bread.
* Subverted with mouse and a few other small rodents (e.g. dormouse): as found by Heston Blumenthal, they taste like pork. (Again, slow-twitch muscles are implicated; mice, though small, run rather differently than their cousins, the rabbits and hares.)
* Inverted with emus and ostriches; they taste like beef.