Medium Rare Chicken / Chicken Sashimi

Medium Rare Chicken / Chicken Sashimi

Updated Jan 08, 2020 at 05:33AM EST by andcallmeshirley.

Added Sep 07, 2017 at 10:53AM EDT by Adam.

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Medium Rare Chicken / Chicken Sashimi refers to the practice of people consuming undercooked chicken, generally considered a dangerous practice that can lead to diseases like salmonella. After entering the public eye via a Facebook troll post, the concept of consuming undercooked chicken appeared in various news articles either talking about the merits or gathering reactions to the practice.


On January 6th, 2017, Facebook user Morgan Jane Gibbs[1] posted a picture of several undercooked strips of chicken with the caption:

"Just made chicken medium rare chicken strips. They're so good can't believe ive neever tried it like this before. Can't wait to dig into this with my homemade salad and veges.
#healthy #newyearsresolution #clean #cleaneating"

Morgan Jane Gibbs January 6. Just made chicken medium rare chicken strips. They're so good can't believe ive neever tried it like this before. Can't wait to dig into this with my homemade salad and veges. #healthy #newyearsresolution #clean #cleaneating

The post 841 likes and reactions as well as 342 shares. In the comments section of the post, it became clear Gibbs was trolling and did not intend to eat the undercooked chicken. Delish[2] pointed out that an exchange where Gibbs, warned against salmonella, said "it's chicken not salmon" demonstrated that the post was a well-disguised troll.

Daniel Barber Wait? What? Like 21 January 6 at 1:05am Morgan Jane Gibbs try it, its surprisingly good Like 3 January 6 at 1:09am Daniel Barber Haha I like my chicken with less salmonella Like 140 January 6 at 1:10am Morgan Jane Gibbs its chicken not salmon? Like 144 January 6 at 1:10am Daniel BarberaBaeBB I'm out Like-O 101 . January 6 at 1-11 am Like 03.January 6 at 1:38am


Despite it being a troll, the post was spread by people who did not understand the joke, which in turn led to a discussion of the merits/safety of eating undercooked chicken. Two weeks after Gibbs' post, Vice's food platform Munchies[3] ran a piece discussing the safety of undercooked chicken. Munchies notes that while chicken is treated like salmon or steak in Japan, foods that are commonly and safely eaten raw, they interview a food biologist who strongly discourages eating chicken raw.

As the concept spread online, it sparked imitators who posted pictures of raw and "medium rare chicken," though it's unclear if they were also trolling. Twitter Moments[4] compiled several tweets of people posting pictures of undercooked chicken on March 9th, 2017 (examples shown below).

Sam Martell @AbideSam Follow Medium rare chicken is the best Kenneth @freakystyley Follow Nothing better than eating your chicken medium rare

The concept was again brought to the public consciousness following a Buzzfeed article[5] posted July 20th, 2017 compiling examples of people cooking "medium rare chicken." This in turn led to a post on /r/OutOfTheLoop[6] asking about the spike in people talking about undercooked chicken.

Chicken Sashimi

On September 5th, 2017, Food & Wine tweeted a link to an article asking "Is chicken sashimi safe?"[7] "Sashimi" is a Japanese type of preparation in which the meat is basically raw.

Food & Wine @foodandwine FOOD Follow WINE Is chicken sashimi safe? 4:25 AM-5 Sep 2017

This led to a similar series of reactions as people had to medium rare chicken, leading to another Twitter Moment.[8]

Mark Harris @MarkHarrisNYC Follow Is this...a prank or something? Did you lose a bet? Food & Wine Φ @foodandwine Is chicken sashimi safe? 10:36 PM -5 Sep 2017 love shack @veuvage Follow That's not "chicken sashimi". This is "viande crue mon pote, veux-tu mourir prématurément ?" Food & Wine Φ @foodandwine Is chicken sashimi safe? Translate from French 5:34 PM -6 Sep 2017

Various Examples

Follow if you're not having your chicken medium rare you're doing it wrong Follow Perfectly cooked rare Chicken Steak FI 1 hr Swear i need my own cooking show!! Chicken for dinner, yumz Medium rare. The only way to eat chicken. Follow They call this medium rare chicken right? Delicious!! How chicken should be cooked brown on the outside pink on the inside #medrare

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Mr. Candles
Mr. Candles

A rare category of meme, the sort that actually (and without exaggeration) may cause people to scream in pain.
In this case, trapped in their bathrooms, tortured by their own roiling guts and voiding their bodily weights every hour that passes.


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