Pheasant is a medium-sized species of bird – it’s a game bird, to be exact. While its origins can be traced back to Britain and Asia, it has also existed in the USA for about 200 years now.
As a low-flying bird, pheasant is quite easy to catch – that’s why it’s a favorite among hunters. The colorful ones are actually the males, while the females are mostly colored brown.
As a type of food, pheasant can be categorized as poultry – yes, like chickens. And yes, it does, taste like chicken to some people. Still, some people would object to the thought of pheasants tasting like chicken.
In this article, I will do my best to describe to you how pheasant tastes like.
Pheasant Taste Vs. Other Birds and Poultry
Pheasants have been compared to other bird species (in taste) such as the following:
- Chicken (of course)
Pheasant Vs. Chicken
Needless to say, people always want to compare pheasants with chickens first. Well, pheasants can indeed taste like chicken (if they’re raised like farmed chickens). If cooked using chicken recipes, they can also pass up as chicken. When raw, however, pheasant meat can be anywhere from dark to pinkish white (chicken meat is white).
Pheasant Vs. Turkey
Most people are already familiar with the taste of turkey – especially if you live in the US. It’s always served during Thanksgiving – so, you already know that it tastes good. Compared to pheasants, turkeys have finer meat structure. As for the taste, they have “some” similarities, but pheasants are more flavorful and they carry a nuttier taste.
Pheasant Vs. Quail
Quail is another favorite among hunters and even non-hunters can appreciate its taste. If you know the taste of quail, you can use it as the basis for knowing how a pheasant tastes like. Just know that pheasants carry a gamier taste than quails.
Pheasant Vs. Duck
Not too many people appreciate the taste of ducks – unless it’s prepared and cooked in China. Ducks can taste good if prepared well, and can taste unpleasant if not prepared well. In general, therefore, pheasants are more appealing in taste than ducks.
Note: Pheasants carry an overall mild taste when compared to other game birds.
Pheasant meat is generally darker than chicken meat, especially when it’s a wild pheasant. Farm-raised pheasants can have lighter color of meat (pinkish white, almost like chicken meat).
Remember these things about pheasant meat:
Things That Affect a Pheasant’s Taste
Like I said, pheasants don’t really taste the same all the time. Here are some of the things that will alter its taste:
Preparing and Hanging Pheasant
Preparing pheasant requires that you hang it for some time. In fact, if you skip this step, you will not be able to enjoy the flavor of pheasant as it should be enjoyed. Remember these points when hanging pheasants:
How to Cook Pheasant
Here are some of the methods of cooking that you can employ when preparing a pheasant dish:
You can also cook a pheasant dish in a slow cooker. Basically, you can cook pheasant as you would cook chicken.
of Eating Pheasants
If you enjoy eating pheasant, you will be glad to know that it has nutritional benefits such as:
- B Vitamins
Also, if you are watching your weight, remember the following:
- A serving of pheasant (without skin) has about 133 calories.
- A serving of pheasant (with skin) has about 180 calories.
And if you have some health issues, remember that:
- Pheasant has 0 carbs.
- Pheasants carry cholesterol, especially if you eat it with the skin on.
Bonus Pheasant Trivia
You will find these things interesting:
Q: Do pheasants taste good?
A: It depends on your taste and preference. Since pheasants are known to carry that gamey taste (some mild, some strong), it appeals to those people who can appreciate such taste in meats. If you are used to chicken meat (bland tasting) and are not experimental with trying something new, you might not enjoy eating pheasant.
Q: Is pheasant good for you?
A: Pheasants have some nutritional value. It is particularly high in protein (like most meat products). It does have some cholesterol, though (like chicken), especially if you eat its skin.
Q: Why are pheasants popular as game birds?
A: These low-flying birds are easy-target for hunters. Compared to other game birds, their meats are also tastier.
Top 3 Pheasant Recipes
Try these 3 pheasant recipes and see how you like them.
Recipe # 1 – Roasted Pheasant
This roasted pheasant recipe calls for a tasty marinating sauce that will give your pheasant a really wonderful taste. You will need a lot of herbs and spices for this (whatever is available) and you can use a mixture of wine, lemon juice and orange juice as the base. For this particular recipe, the pheasant is also stuffed with apples and oranges.
To give the bird a nice color, you need to fry it for a few minutes first. To complete the cooking process, pop it in the oven (350 degrees Fahrenheit) and let it cook for about 2 hours.
Recipe #2 – Creamy Pheasant and Mushroom
For this recipe, you only need pheasant breasts cut into cubes. The procedure calls for frying the chunks of breasts along with some onion, garlic and mushrooms. It is finished off by adding cream for the sauce.
Recipe #3 – Smoked Pheasant
Here’s a very easy way to cook your pheasant. In this recipe, you need to marinate the bird in a brine overnight. The brine is really simple, it only calls for the following ingredients:
The next day, drain the pheasant and pat it dry before cooking it. When it’s all dried up, rub it with seasoning and set the smoker (Amazon) to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the pheasant for about 1 ½ hours.
Appreciating the Taste of Pheasant
what does pheasant taste like?
To wrap up everything I just told you in this article, I would have to say that pheasants taste somewhat like chicken – but their meat tastes a lot gamier. Take special notice on the importance of the source, as wild pheasants are more flavorful (gamier) than farm-raised (bland) birds.
If you are really curious about its taste, I say go ahead and try it out. Those who have already tasted it say that it’s good – so, that’s a good sign, right?
Well, let me know how you like it (once you try it). I will surely be waiting for your feedback. Also, don’t forget to share this post with your friends who are also curious about pheasants.