Black chickens (also known as bantam or Silkie/Silky chickens) are considered to be a new superfood trend. Silkie chickens were first documented in 13th century China and used in medicinal remedies, namely a ginseng and wolfberry soup, thought to help with stomach, blood and/or lung ailments and particularly, women's health. Now named as a superfood, Silkie chickens are rich in antioxidants, specifically carnosine, which is "a substance found in high concentrations in the human brain and muscle tissues [and] holds many antioxidant properties, [...] currently being studied for their positive effects in the fields of auditory, speech skills, motor development, and opthamology." (Associated Content).
Smaller than ordinary chickens (1-2 pounds, plucked) Silkies are becoming increasingly common in contemporary Asian cooking, prized for their medicinal properties, gamey black flesh and corresponding pitch-black bones! While finding black chickens at your local supermarket is likely a long ways off, here are few recipe ideas to pique your interest!