Cooking a Whole BLACK Silkie CHICKEN in a PUMPKIN – Chinese herbal soup

Hello, my beautiful lovelies! Hi, it’s Emmy! Welcome back! Today, I’m going to show you how to cook a black silkie chicken inside of a pumpkin. So, a black silkie chicken is something that I’ve wanted to cook for a long time, and it’s a particular breed of chicken– it’s actually quite petit– and it has spectacular plumage. It’s really soft, hence the name “silkie,” fluffy, and just kind of silly-looking. But, what’s really interesting is when you remove all of that plumage, the skin of the chicken is actually black, or, kind of purple-ish, charcoal-ish, but very, very dark. And this is called fibromelanosis. So, in Chinese medicine and cookery, it’s believed that the black silkie chicken is more nutritious than a regular chicken because of all this pigmentation. At any rate, I went to my local Chinese market, and I picked up a frozen black silkie chicken, and I’m going to be cooking it today with traditional herbs. Growing up, my mom would actually make this chicken soup for us, usually in the winter time, but never inside of a pumpkin, that’s my own kind of spin on it. I thought, “why not use a pumpkin as a cooking vessel, since I used a watermelon to cook a chicken, why not a pumpkin?” If you missed that video, I’ll put that link up there. So, another thing you’ll notice is this chicken is completely intact. It has its head, and it has its feet, and in Chinese symbolism, this represents completeness, so it’s not uncommon, actually to find birds that have their whole heads, and their feet on there as well. If you’re at all squeamish, you might want to stop here, but I actually appreciate seeing the entire bird. It’s a good reminder that this was a living thing, and, yeah. To give thanks. So, here is the cooked pumpkin with my chicken inside, and let me take you through the steps of how I got to this stage. Okay! The first thing you wanna do is get yourself a black silkie chicken. Mine was frozen, so I allowed mine to thaw completely, and then I removed it from its bag. Next, we’re gonna parboil the chicken and some lean pork. This step creates a very clear chicken broth. And, just leave it in there for a couple of minutes. Then remove it, and then throw out that water. Next, we’re gonna prepare our pumpkin. I got myself a very handsome jack-o’-lantern pumpkin, you can use an eating pumpkin if you’d like, but, I’m not planning on eating the pumpkin, I’m just using it as a vessel to cook the chicken in, so I went for aesthetics, but you can certainly get a cinderella pumpkin, or a blue hubbard, or some kind of good eating squash. Next, we’re gonna hollow out our pumpkin. I used a serated bread knife, and created a large lid. You wanna make sure your opening is large enough to accommodate your bird. Next, we’re going to scoop out all of the seeds, you can use a large spoon, or, in this case, I used the top of a canning jar. Scoop all the seeds out, you don’t have to worry about being too tidy. I got this herbal Chinese mix. It came with a little bag, and I placed all of those in there, and that way, it will make it really easy to remove when we’re done cooking. So place the herb sachet in the pumpkin along with the 2 pieces of pork. And then, I’m adding some mushrooms as well. These are shitake mushrooms which I’ve re-hydrated in some hot water. Next, we’re gonna fold up our chicken and fit it inside our pumpkin. Pour the water that you soaked your mushrooms in into the pumpkin, Along with 1 to 3 cups (230-700 ml) of water, depending on how large your pumpkin is, and a couple tablespoons of shaoxing wine. Then we’re gonna add a few slices of fresh ginger. Make sure you place the pumpkin in some sort of oven-safe casserole dish, I just used my dutch oven. So, we’re gonna lightly oil the outside of the pumpkin. And then use some foil to cover the stem of the pumpkin so it won’t burn. And then we’re going to place it in a 325°F (162°C) oven for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Alright! Let’s give this a crack. Okay, let’s take this lid off. (whispering) Oh my gosh, look at that. That’s so beautiful! And it’s steamin’ hot. I think I’m gonna try to get the bird out to see how much broth is in there. Excellent. I’m gonna take the sachet out. That’s done its job. And it smells amazing. I smell the shitake mushroom, and all of those herbs. It has a very distinctive smell to it. It’s the astragulus, I think, that’s really aromatic. And it smells medicinal, and earthy, and lovely, and very nostalgic. And those are the goji berries. Here are the mushrooms. There’s the ginger. And as you can see, there’s not a lot of broth in there. It’s very very concentrated. So the pigmentation is not limited to just the skin, it actually occurs also in the bones, and in the flesh of the meat, as well. Another interesting genetic mutation about black silkie chickens is that they are polydactyl, so they’ll have an extra digit. Most chickens have four, and this one has five. So, another thing about this chicken, as well, is it’s much leaner than a typical chicken, as well. Lovely! Alright! And there you have it. A beautiful bowl of black silkie chicken soup. Alright, I can’t wait to taste this! Alright, so here’s the broth. Alright. Itadakimasu. Mmmm… That’s good. It’s soooo rich. Mm! A really concentrated chicken broth. Sweet and full of chicken flavor with lots of shitake flavor in there, as well. It’s woodsy and earthy. And also what’s in there, of course, are the flavor of the herbs. The astragalus, the sweetness from the goji berries, all of it is in here, and it is fantastic! Love it! So, while this contains lots of tonic herbs, this still remains a food. Is it warm, it’s nutritious, it’s comforting, and, most importantly to me, it tastes delicious. It doesn’t finish bitter, it’s sweet, and full of chicken flavor. Wonderful. Let’s taste the chicken, as well. Mm! In terms of flavor, it tastes just like a regular chicken, but in terms of texture, it’s a little bit different. It’s not as juicy and succulent as a store-bought chicken, it’s definitely leaner. Let me taste a little bit of the pumpkin, as well. Mm! It doesn’t really taste like much, at all. It is a little bit ginger-y, it’s kind of mushy in texture, and not that flavorful. So there you have it! Black silkie chicken cooked with traditional Chinese herbs. Alright! Thank you guys so much for joining me! I hope you guys enjoyed that one. I hope you guys learned something. Please share this video with your friends, follow me on social media, and I shall see you in my next video. Toodaloo! Take care! Bye! I got… chicken lip gloss.

100 Responses

  1. Lhae Greenleaf says:

    Okay but using the jar lid to get the seeds out is GENIOUS. I always resort to using my hands because with a spoon I just can't get the control I'd like. Definitely gonna try that this year.

  2. aliceinclockworks says:

    Well that's a gorgeous chicken. I appreciate everything goth. ;P And I actually love that it came with head and legs, that cultural explanation behind it is really beautiful. Also I wish I could buy easily that sort of spices with a bag. It's awesome idea and I'm really fond of rich, medicinal even, herbal tastes.

  3. Gary Taylor says:

    Yanno I have tried 75% of the things you have made but this is one I’ll leave out because 1 the chicken still has its head!!!!! And 2 I can’t get past the pigmentation of the chicken itself lol but this was a very amazing method!!!!

  4. curliefro says:

    Very respectful use of the chicken and good use of the pumpkin. It could also be salted and eaten

  5. Socheata Vong says:

    You’re not really supposed to each the chicken. Just the broth because you would have extracted all the flavor and the nutrients from the meat already.

  6. Wendy S says:

    Ty. We love blacks silkies for their quirky disposition and their healing properties. What a beautiful bird. Thank you for sharing their unique qualities with so many!

  7. WILLIAM KWAN says:

    Would you please cook something Chinese style in a winter melon?

  8. العالم الاخر says:


  9. 1234 Coffee says:

    Can I use chicken ???

  10. Jocelyn Chan says:

    Well I'm here because of Kalen Allen. HAhahahahahha, legend.

  11. Spain says:

    Who managed to find this video because of KalenSpeaks?

  12. Hope Dunlop says:

    😢we keep silkie chickens for pets

  13. Ember Adella says:

    but the pumpkin is so cute tho 😭

  14. everlasting blood says:

    I'm going to tell my aunt and uncle to get a black silkie chicken. Not to eat of course, they like to raise chickens and it's just so cute!

  15. MIKAEL ATON says:

    I rebuke you in the name of jesus.

  16. Lovelyme28 says:

    Chinese herb mix with black chicken and especially pumpkin also. So what kind effect will it do for some people ? Just want make sure Bc mixing Chinese herb and pumpkin won’t make some people get allergies right? Just Bc I’m sensitive and want to make sure it’s not break out on some people.

  17. Felicia Luna says:

    I had a Silkie name Haku. This video, while interesting and still loving Emmy, makes me sad. 🙁

  18. Robert Wares says:

    Learnt something new today!

  19. Charlie Swearingen says:

    Black chicken lives matter!! 😎

  20. MakeMeInk 73 says:

    Chicken fat chapstick?✌🏻😏

  21. Jemarc Fontanilla says:

    It's a n chicken 🐔

  22. Jemarc Fontanilla says:

    is that holl ass chicken 🐔

  23. Jemarc Fontanilla says:

    Did you buy the in blackmarket

  24. Jemarc Fontanilla says:

    Whole ass chicken 🐔

  25. Houseof Starres says:

    Throw that whole shit away 😂😂😂😂😂

  26. Jarryd Meyer says:

    Ayam cemani are like that too. Everything is black!

  27. Jim Moore says:

    Looks amazing, but what happened to the two big chunks of pork?

  28. Deecy P says:

    Tbh it looked like it’s still raw xD

  29. Jessie says:

    Ok I know tempreture but what are other indicators of doneness? Are they related to the ayeum cemoni chicken? My spelling my be wrong.

  30. summer m says:

    Not entirely sure why I had the idea you weren't supposed to eat the meat? Maybe I heard it somewhere and it stuck. Good to know you can eat it though.

  31. Kathryn Hampton says:

    How can I find more prison recipes

  32. Malana Walus says:

    I always love finding a video I've not watched yet! Yay! Black silky chicken!

  33. Madeline Jane S says:

    this is one of my favourite emmy videos, i come back and watch it all the time

  34. Eunice Ochoa says:


  35. Roberta Lee says:

    I am plain ole American and my mother raised these Silkies. It is strange how the flush is black.. This sounds like a good dish. Wish I could taste it. I never noticed they were leaner, just smaller

  36. SheSpeaksTruth * says:

    Why didn’t you season the chicken

  37. Criss Meredith says:

    Chicken fat chapstick?

  38. Kristián Sokol says:

    “Mmmm that looks goood” my brain is like “Nope” and in Same time closing Doors behind 😂😂

  39. Carey Allen says:

    This looks so good will you come house and make me some☺

  40. Yuyi01a says:

    We literally clicked to watch the video and you're telling us just when it started that it includes a whole-size bird and that we should exit? You could maybe put that in title before we waste 1 minute of our lives? But I forgot money is amazing , disliked, even though I love your videos, not this one, I'm sorry. And I'm not a vegan or vegeterian, I'm just fragile and not ready to see a full-size bird.

  41. Jovita Dosch says:

    I’m curious if the pork would add enough salt? Personally I prefer salty flavored broths to sweet broths

  42. Actual meh says:

    Is it me or Chines people love eating cute animals hahaha

  43. bowl4two says:

    Hell's Kitchen anyone?

  44. Rob L says:

    Down vote for the infantilizing trigger warning.

  45. Lizzy Morang says:

    I wonder if you cooked it inside an eating pumpkin and then puréed the broth and the flesh of the pumpkin after cooking if you could get a really hearty pumpkin soup for the fall? Sounds delicious to me 😋

  46. Patrick Fairbanks says:

    I hate to sound desperate, but your husband is a lucky man. I'd love to meet a lady like you.

  47. Liwiathan says:

    Carving pumpkins are edible, but the outside is sometimes shellacced.

  48. Criss Meredith says:

    Chicken fat chapstick?

  49. MissAyame says:

    Great vid emmy

  50. Moyia Zamora says:

    I always salt and pepper my chicken or turkey put butter on it or olive oil I like lots of seasoning but I have never heard of a black chicken before. I would try it though my husband would not!

  51. Tina Davies says:


  52. Chaddy Ormillo says:

    This also a great dish during halloween festivities due to its color. 💖💙💚💛💜

  53. Christopher Fisher says:

    I once saw this fowl in a documentary yrs ago. A lady was plucking it and the skin it was incredible, almost purple to black
    Absolutely gorgeous. Yummy wish I can get this, just love chicken soup 🍜

  54. liam adler says:

    A murder scene😂😂😂😂

  55. MaryJane Me says:

    Looked so good!

  56. Tiffany Briley says:

    Never thought a mutant silkie could look so darn TASTY! Of course my boyfriend would call me creepy cooking chickens in pumpkins, at least here the head is gone. Need to see the watermelon chicken video!

  57. Add E says:

    I think I would try peeling the chicken and cooking the skin separately, but this looks AWESOME.

  58. Adlee Spencer says:

    Who is here from OMKallen??

  59. Iyrah Russell says:

    Feel like these chickens shouldn’t be eaten 😢

  60. rhea waterfall says:

    I want to try it

  61. Havy says:

    Silkie chickens are amazing! They're unique and beautiful! *Also, very expensive! They are not disgusting!

  62. auntielizardlips says:

    Silkie chickens are lovely to raise, they are quiet, docile and good layers. They do go broody quite frequently so they are good sitters for hatching eggs and supposedly good mother hens (we've never raised chicks by broody hen, so I don't know by experience) We've had white feathered, blue feathered and partridge feathered silkies, and really enjoyed having them.

  63. GhastBA says:

    Its good for ahalloween party

  64. Ali Huebner says:


  65. Chris Harper says:

    Looks no different from when you first put it in the oven

  66. liv kealy says:

    i actually had no idea people ate silkies. for some reason i thought they were pretty much untouched.

  67. angel whispers says:

    Chicken fat chapstick.

    @EmmymadeinJapan please recommend something to substitute mushrooms because I am allergic. Also please list what goes into a Chinese herbal sachet and at least one recommendation where to buy this item

  68. nicole p says:

    Hold cooked a chicken in a watermelon? And your video didn't get demonetised?

  69. nicole p says:

    This would make a good Halloween dish

  70. Ticci Wolf says:

    Idk why you look familiar.. A character from the flash?

  71. TheMooCowReturns says:

  72. LastChanceChildhood says:

    Isn't it a bit weird to eat chicken when you keep pet chickens?…

  73. Nathan Resick says:

    Man that does NOT look appetizing. Hard pass.

  74. jason shirrill says:

    I'm sorry Emmy but that is one gross chicken and I won't be trying it any time soon. I am not saying anything negative about Emmy and her silkie black chicken, I'm sure its great it's just not for me.

  75. Rob Hill says:

    Do they lay black eggs?

  76. Taint Thinner says:

    That chicken looks like a rubber boot.

  77. MIDAS says:

    Bitch I wanna see how chicken looks like not your face. I'm only seeing your face

  78. Vera Braswell says:

    Cool looking bird!

  79. Marina B says:


  80. my name is mIkAeL says:

    How come a chicken that has its head is creepier than a headless chicken……ironic.but sad

  81. Tech 83 Studio says:

    Grabs Joint

  82. Sluga Bunny says:

    not visually appealing whatsoever

  83. AlabasterClay says:

    This makes me so sad. We had pet Silkies–they were so cute and lovely little friends.

  84. Karen Bailey says:

    Not very pleasing to the eye, but each to their own. 👍🏻

  85. 水昆 says:

    non-vegetarians are funny. Actual birds: disgusting / Actual birds with head cut off: yeah that looks good.

  86. Valeria Gutierrez says:


  87. Sam Smith says:

    Emmy is Chinese how is she going to appropriate her own culture 😂

  88. Mama J says:

    Emmy, List of herbs used please?! Thx 🙂

  89. Tina Haley says:

    Silkie chickens are the most wonderful loving birds in the world. They love to be held and snuggle. They are awesome animals and it makes me sick that people kill and eat them!!!

  90. Sarah Symons says:

    I have 4 silikie chicken and they scream all the time

  91. mozarella10 says:

    That’s gross

  92. Keisha Murrell says:

    That's a beautiful ❤ bird 🐦 and wouldn't want to eat it. I would love to raise some though.

  93. Abseiduk says:

    Interesting idea but i think the end out come will be on the bland side,

    The idea of a black chicken seems more tasty they should be more lean and natural compared to our farmed ones.

  94. Rebecca Stratton says:

    Might try this with a regular chicken. Cooking in a pumpkin seems fun and tasty.

  95. Benjamin Liang says:

    We eat these when we’re sick.

  96. nari says:

    this was so neat!! thank you for sharing this with us, Miss Emmy!!❤️❤️❤️

  97. Crispy Saladburger says:

    Why are people so grossed out? This looks delicious. There’s an Asian supermarket that just opened near me and they sell silkie chickens, so I might make this at some point.

  98. Xolly Xolly says:

    White people be offended by this stuff and always will be.
    They will try to correct and food shame other culture's food. Don't listen to them. They have more allergies gluten celiac disease, and health problems it is super funny to see them struggle and not eat certain things. They will call everything they are uncomfortable with as barbaric.

    I am Asian American. I cook all kinds of Asian cuisine since I was a 5 year old child. Recipes passed down from my grandma and mom. White kids in the 1st grade used to food shame me. But I didnt care.

    This is black silkie chicken. It is delicious. You don't like it. No one asked you to watch.
    Fuck vegans and vegetarians for their 2 cents too.
    Emmy rocks

  99. Cozy Acres says:

    maybe some noodles would have made it better.

  100. Kelvin Huang says:

    This reminds me so much of my grandma’s soup 🥣

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