Why does my chicken recipe smell like cow dung? So I bought a bag of frozen chicken file. I like chicken because its tasty, cheap, low fat and good quality meat. I took a frozen file and put it in the microwave on 950 watts for 5 minutes to thaw it. Afterwards I chopped it up into peices and fried it in a pan til all chicken was properly cooked. Then I added chili, curry, salt and some milk. Now it smells exactly like cow dung. The taste is just fine but it smells like cow dung! Why is that?