Raw Piece of ‘Chicken’ Crawls Off Table in Freaky Viral Video

By Mimi Nguyen

Warning: This video may be disturbing to some viewers

A viral video shows the freaky moment when an animated raw piece of meat appeared to crawl off of a plate before it flips, flops, then drops off of a table.

The 34-second video was posted to Facebook in early July by Rie Phillips. While Phillips’s public profile says she is from Florida, it’s unclear where the “Frankenstein” piece of meat allegedly caused a ruckus.

The chopsticks featured at the bottom left of the screen suggests the video was taken at an Asian restaurant; perhaps Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or something similar.

Warning: This video may be disturbing to some viewers

More than 13 million views and 61,000 comments later, some are still puzzled by the footage, wondering whether it’s real or fake.

Among the comments, some suggested the video is doctored.

Others said that the phenomenon could be possible because the movements may be caused by nerves that are still intact and active. One person commented, saying, “I have no idea [what] that is but it’s moving because the nerves are still active and basically twitching.

“This is the same scenario with some fish when fresh, they tend to contract so it looks as if they’re still alive even though they’re already bisected,” they added.

Another person wrote, “Muscles contract when salt or any stimulant like it is present, much like how worms start to go crazy after you put some salt in there.”

Some suggested that perhaps the “chicken” was being moved by a string.

Others said that it may not be a piece of chicken, but another type of meat altogether. Several thought it could be a turtle. Many believed it was a frog.

Some entertained a little humor. “Still a bit fresh,” one person wrote. In the same vein, another wrote, “That’s too fresh for me.”

“He went to go find some seasoning,” one joked on a Twitter post on the same topic.

But the most common reaction to the uncanny scene is reflected in the following example of a comment: “The [expletive] is that??!?”

Don’t Eat Raw Chicken

It is generally advised that people should not eat raw chicken due to the high risk of food poisoning.

According to Consumer Reports, as many as two-thirds of chickens bought in the United States might contain either Salmonella, Campylobacter, or both.

“Salmonella bacteria live in the gut of many farm animals, especially chicken. It can cause an infection of the intestinal tract in humans,” says Healthline.com.

Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert told The Independent in 2017 that the campylobacter bacteria, along with salmonella and e.coli are usually found in raw or undercooked meat—especially chicken. The campylobacter bacteria are the most common cause of food poisoning, she added.

Don’t Wash Raw Chicken Either

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised this year that washing raw chicken could spread hazardous bacteria around to other foods, utensils, and kitchen items.

“Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen,” the agency wrote on April 26.

“If you eat undercooked chicken or other foods or beverages contaminated by raw chicken or its juices, you can get a foodborne illness, which is also called food poisoning.”

The agency recommends putting the raw chicken in a single-use bag before storing it. In preparing the chicken, it is recommended that people use a separate cutting board to prepare the meat and wash their hands with soapy water after handling the raw chicken.

Poultry, meat, and eggs should not be washed before cooking because the water can splatter germs around, according to the CDC. People encouraged to rely on the heat in the cooking process to ensure germs are killed.

The CDC also recommended using a food thermometer to make sure the chicken is being cooked at a safe temperature—at at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Jack Phillips and Samuel Allegri contributed to this report.