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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?

Thanks,
Kelly

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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.

        http://www.cooksrecipes.com/sandwich/...

        How about avacado chicken dip

        http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/reci...

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

        http://www.thenetskitchen.com/chicken...

        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.

        Link: http://busycooks.about.com/cs/chicken...

        Image: http://z.about.com/d/gp/busycooks.gif

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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.