The ambrosial chicken Hinai Jidori, offspring of the father Hinai Chicken--a protected species
Hinai Jidori is a locally-bred chicken known across Japan as one of the top three Japanese locally-bred chicken along with Satsuma Jidori chicken and Nagoya Chochin chicken. Hinai chicken, whose meat is so delicious as to be offered to lords as an annual tribute between the 17th and 19th centuries, has been grown mainly in northern Akita through the ages. The chicken is relatively light and known for its richness and flavor similar to copper pheasant.
Hinai chicken is a purely Japanese local breed, which has been protected and
preserved by a preservation society in Hinai. In 1942, after its academic value
was recognized, the chicken breed was designated as a Japanese protected
species. Since the original Hinai chicken is not so suited as food because of
its slow growth, poor reproductivity and strength apart from restrictions, Akita
Hinai chicken was bred after repeatedly selecting a species for breeding and
fixing its characteristics. Created by breeding roosters of Akita Hinai Jidori
chicken and hens of Rhode Island Red, Hinai Jidori chicken evidently inherits
Akita Hinai in its meat and savory when in soup, which makes it indispensable
for kiritampo hot pot, one of Akita's specialties.
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