Due to the consumption of chicken and chicken products in Turkey at high ratio, trace metal content of chicken and chicken products from Turkey were determined by atomic absorption spectrometry after microwave digestion. The accuracy of the method was confirmed by analysis of standard reference material (NIST SRM 1577b Bovine liver). Trace element content in various parts of chicken samples and chicken products were to be in the range of 0.10-114 mu g/g for copper, 0.25-6.09 mu g/kg for cadmium, 0.01-0.40 mu g/g for lead, 0.10-0.91 mu g/g for selenium, 0.05-3.91 mu g/g for manganese, 0.06-0.10 mu g/g for arsenic, 0.01-0.72 mu g/g for chromium, 0.01-2.08 mu g/g for nickel, 0.01-0.02 mu g/g for cobalt, 0.10-1.90 mu g/g for aluminium, 1.21-24.3 mu g/g for zinc, 2.91-155 mu g/g for iron. The levels of lead in some analyzed chicken products were higher than the recommended legal limits for human consumption. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.