Rare Chicken

I was watching some of the Anthony Bourdain marathon on the Travel channel earlier tonight and came across an episode from the new season in which Bourdain goes to Tokyo ... and eats "rare" chicken, which was essentially raw in the middle.

The reasoning was that it was incredibly fresh chicken, which apparently makes eating it raw acceptable. He also ate "chicken sashimi."

Is it really ok to read raw chicken when it's fresh, but more importantly- would you do it? I've been deeply ingrained with the idea that raw chicken is a MAJOR no-no, so I doubt I'd do it. Plus, the texture of raw chicken would really gross me out.

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