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Does Halal chicken taste different?

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jewel1968 Sun 26-Jan-20 16:41:51

I noticed it is a lot cheaper in my local Sainsbury's. For example 1kg of chicken thighs £3.50 Vs 640g for £340. Interested in any experiences. Thanks

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DecemberSnow Sun 26-Jan-20 16:43:03


DecemberSnow Sun 26-Jan-20 16:44:04

Do you eat out much?

Some Nandos restaurants are Halal only.
As well as alot of take aways / kebab shops etc

Shmithecat2 Sun 26-Jan-20 16:45:03

No. I've lived in Saudi for 7 years and can taste no difference whatsoever to non halal when I'm back in the UK.

Roomba Sun 26-Jan-20 16:47:02

You've probably eaten plenty halal chicken before without even realising. It doesn't taste any different at all.

Frariedeamin Sun 26-Jan-20 16:48:44

Yes. You can taste the tortured soul. hmm

Gwilt160981 Sun 26-Jan-20 16:52:26

No still tastes like chicken. Just been slaughtered different

cuckooken Sun 26-Jan-20 17:00:20

Well no, because a chicken is a chicken.

mizu Sun 26-Jan-20 17:00:26


cuckooken Sun 26-Jan-20 17:01:41

It might not be cheaper because it's halal though, it might be you are comparing normal chicken with value chicken, which happens to be halal. Maybe.

jewel1968 Sun 26-Jan-20 17:04:58

I grew up on a farm and we used to kill our own chickens. My mum always said the way they were killed influenced the taste. She never let my dad kill the chickens as he didn't have the knack. So I thought the method of killing might make a difference. Thanks for sharing that you don't notice any difference.

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jewel1968 Sun 26-Jan-20 17:07:46

As far as I can tell they were the same grade chicken. Will try halal next time.

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MyNewBearTotoro Sun 26-Jan-20 17:09:01

I doubt the price difference is because it’s halal, there are probably other differences. The more expensive one could be Red Tractor/ RSPCA assures, corn-fed or organic or you could be looking at a difference in price between battery and free range chicken or between British and imported chicken. Sometimes meat is pumped with water to make it weigh more as well so check the water content of the cheaper one vs the pricier one.

NoMorePoliticsPlease Sun 26-Jan-20 17:11:35

Look at the welfare of the chicken egg to slaughter including the death. Then make up your mind. Cheap usually means a crap life and death

jewel1968 Sun 26-Jan-20 18:44:01

NoMorePoliticsPlease - I am interested to know if all things being equal (same welfare etc ..) is there any difference in taste. People seem to be saying not.

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followingonfromthat Sun 26-Jan-20 19:44:49

if all things being equal (same welfare etc..)
Not entirely equal, no.

user163578742 Sun 26-Jan-20 19:50:43

Isn't there an episode of "Supershoppers" where they explain why supermarkets have price oddities like this? There are other products that are near identical but in different aisles with significantly different prices.

jewel1968 Sun 26-Jan-20 20:02:16

Followinginfromtgat - if the chicken is organic, free range and halal would it taste the same as organic, free range non halal? Posters here suggest it would.
User - yes that rings a bell

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bobstersmum Sun 26-Jan-20 20:03:41

The poor chicken that had its throat cut whilst alive and slowly bled to death sure wasn't bothered if it tasted better. Why would you support such fucked up cruelty?

coffeeforone Sun 26-Jan-20 20:13:35

Given a choice I'd always choose non-halal, but there's no difference in the taste of eg a Nando's chicken

Reginabambina Sun 26-Jan-20 20:17:31

Slaughter and post slaughter treatment absolutely does have an effect on taste but it’s fairly minimal in comparison to breed, lifestyle, etc. In practice halal chicken slaughter is often identical to regular chicken slaughter but with prayers read over the chicken so there shouldn’t be any taste difference at all. I would be suspicious of meat that is that cheap though.

GarlicSoup Sun 26-Jan-20 20:18:51

Why would you support such fucked up cruelty?


eyeswideshit Sun 26-Jan-20 20:21:48

Most halal chicken has been stunned and slaughtered the exact same way as a non halal chicken. The only difference being a prayer is being said. I can't see how that would change the taste.

extremity1 Sun 26-Jan-20 20:28:58

All meat must be by law killed/prepared in the same "humane " way. Super regulated industry. I'm happy to report you can not taste the prayers.

But meat that cheap does sound water logged to me

jewel1968 Sun 26-Jan-20 20:35:10

If the only difference is the prayer then I agree should be no difference but I had thought there was a difference in how the bird was killed. My misconception.

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