Blue-Footed Wonders: Poulet de Bresse

Blue-Footed Wonders: Poulet de Bresse

Emma Christensen
Sep 29, 2010

In Japan, we have kobe beef. And in France, we have poulet de bresse. These pampered chickens with their distinctive blue feet and fine plumage are though to have some of the most delicious meat on earth. Have you ever tried it?

Poulet de bresse are protected under the French AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlée). This means that only certain farmers in the Bresse region can raise these chickens and only following very specific guidelines. It also tends to mean that you'll end up paying a fair amount for the privilege of eating it!

We've never had the opportunity to try this chicken, but we're extremely curious about it. We've heard that the the meat is very tender and juicy with a distinct rich flavor. Compared to the commercial mass produced chicken most of us are familiar with, we're sure there's no contest. But it would be interesting to compare it to the free-range chickens we can get locally.

What do you think about this chicken?

Related: How to Roast a Chicken

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