The chicken that isn’t
Feb 21, 2012
Because of it’s dynamism, soy is seen as a food for the future. This story highlights one unique way it’s being used at MU.
A food company will use Mizzou research to launch a new product that not only tastes like chicken, but chews like it, too.
Savage River Farms, a Maryland-based company that specializes in healthy food products, has entered into a licensing agreement with the University of Missouri to commercialize a soy-based chicken substitute developed by Fu-Hung Hsieh, a professor of biological engineering at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Hsieh’s product not only replicates the taste of chicken, which is fairly easy to do, but mimics its fibrous texture and appearance, which is difficult. Hsieh has spent more than 20 years of research into the product which uses heat and an extruder to convert powdered soy into a product that tastes and feels like chicken breast meat. More…