WHERE TO TRY JIDORI CHICKEN
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Sumi Robata Bar
702 N. Wells St.
8479 Melrose Ave.
Hinoki & the Bird
10 Century Drive
Japanese for “chicken of the earth,” Jidori chicken is, like Kobe cattle, raised on an all-natural, antibiotic-free, vegetarian diet. The chicken, which is shipped unfrozen the day of slaughter to preserve freshness, made its first appearance in the United States via California-based Mao Foods. The company began raising free-range poultry in the 1990s and found a hungry audience among Los Angeles chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Matsuhisa and David Myers.
It’s only now, though, with the retro rise of chicken on new tavern menus — from British gastropubs like Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Las Vegas to Japanese grills such as Sumi Robata Bar in Chicago — that Jidori has emerged as a ubiquitous menu darling.
What do you get with this specialty chicken? A bird that’s richer in flavor and more tender.
“It’s the closest in flavor and texture to the famed Bresse chicken from France,” says Myers, comparing it to the poulet with its own appellation in France. In Los Angeles, Myers serves Jidori whole-roasted at Comme Ça and grilled over Japanese charcoal at his new Hinoki & the Bird.