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Jul 19, 2004 09:01 PM

Canned Chicken

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Ok - So I know this isn't very chowhoundish of me, but I bought a couple cans (6 to be procise) of canned chicken chunk. Now what do I do with it?


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  1. My aunt used to buy that stuff a lot. It was mainly used in cold dishes, like chicken salad.

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    1. re: Colleen

      Make curried chicken salad, my favorite "ladies who lunch" salad--

      Combine mayo, curry powder, a little plain yogurt, salt, pepper, canned chicken, golden raisins, chopped carrot and celery, chopped granny smith apples, halved red seedless grapes, chopped toasted walnuts or pecans, and chopped scallions or a sweet white onion. Serve on a bed of lettuce, in a cucumber boat, or inside a hollowed-out tomato.

    2. I tried it once in a strata and it tasted like tuna fish (yuck!).

      My advise, give it to your postal carrier when they do their next food drive!

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      1. re: Funwithfood

        a really good way to get the tuna/canned taste out of the chicken is just to drain it REALLY good and heat it in a skillet with either, Cumin-for mexican dishes or garlic and onion powder.
        it took me a while to eat it again after the first time i tried it because i also thought it tasted like canned tuna. total turn off. but this definitely helps.

      2. TO all the snide commenters, you;ve probably been scarfing down quite a lot of canned chicken when you've eaten out at restaurants.

        Anyway, use it where you would use leftover chicken.

        A lot of people use it in mayonaise based salads or casaroles.

        Here's a link to a chicken pita sandwich with pistachios and lime vinagrette. It sounds pretty good.

        How about avacado chicken dip

        Ok, for all the philistines who scoffed at canned chicken, well, why not go ocmpletely crazy and make a five can chicken cassarole

        For this final link which has several canned chicken recipes, I love the enthusiasim of this woman. She is WOMAN ... W .. O ... M ... A ... N ...

        And she can feed 8 people with one can of chicken.

        She also makes a good point that it is safer than handling fresh chicken.



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        1. re: Krys Stanley

          >>>you;ve probably been scarfing down quite a lot of canned chicken when you've eaten out at restaurants. <<

          No, I haven't.

        2. It could be used in just about any recipe that would call for canned tuna.

          I occassionally keep some in my locker at work with rice or pasta bowls for days when I've forgotten lunch - mix it with the partially nuked pasta/rice and finish nuking.

          One of the good things about it is that it can sit in your cupboard for a while and needs no cooking. It's always good to have a few things like that on hand for times when cooking may not be possible or practical. (Thinking blackout 2003)

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          1. re: wolf

            It makes a decent chicken salad if you are in a hurry or don't have regular chicken handy.

          2. Gosh, I suppose I should have expected the strong dislike for canned chicken, but I confess I didn't know this was such an abberition! OK, I admit that I often use canned chicken in chicken enchiladas, and those who have eaten them, my chowish self included, have enjoyed them. When I make enchiladas, I usually make a 9" x 13" pan of them and freeze them, so this would be a good use of several cans.