One of the inventions Jimmy comes into contact with during his tour of the Watson-Crick Institute with Crake. ChickieNobs are a genetically engineered foodstuff derived from chicken. They are living organisms which can grow 12 chicken parts at once and there are different versions which specialise in chicken breasts and chicken drumsticks.


Jimmy is repulsed by the appearance of the ChickieNobs when he first encounters them:

'large bulblike object that seemed to be covered with stippled
whitish-yellow skin. Out of it came twenty thick fleshy tubes,
and at the end of each tube another bulb was growing.'

Yet, as the novel progresses, the invention quickly becomes integrated into society and Jimmy states at one point that the bland, almost tasteless ChickieNobs Gourmet Dinners become the staple of his diet. And he learns to enjoy the 'ChickieNobs Bucket O'Nubbins' mainly for it's convenience though he describes the taste as not 'that bad if you could forget everything you knew about the provenance.' However, after bringing home a bucket for dinner one night his girlfriend's artistic room mates 'barely spoke to him' from then on due to their aversion to the product.

Jimmy's initial objection to the experimentation with meat stems from an ethical uncertainty. He seems to be concerned about their lack of 'heads', the unnatural nature of their conception and the lack of a potential quality of life. And this invention of Margaret Atwood's symbolises the larger theme that runs throughout the novel; how far is 'too far' when it comes to the genetic modification of living things.