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Nov 5, 2013 10:53 AM

Chicken skin question

Sometimes the skin on my raw chicken from the store (parts or whole) is thin and white/translucent. But some is thickish and yellow -- is that bad, or normal?

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  1. Normal. The skin on chicken is fairly thin, except where there's accumulated fat, which makes it thicker. And yummier.

    1. Color can depend on feed. Perdue ads used to mention that their chickens' diets included marigolds, for the yellow tint that results. I can't recall if I've ever seen yellow on a chicken that wasn't from Perdue.

      I suspect the thickness of the skin may reflect different breeds and/or ages of chicken. Chickens from the local poultry farm have white, thin skin.

      1. Both colors are normal, depending on what the chicken ate. There's also at least one breed of BLACK-skinned chicken (Chinese Silkies) that have black bones, too!