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Jul 18, 2006 02:00 AM

Ideas for canned chicken...

I've got 5 cans of chicken from Costco and I'm not sure what I can make with it, apart from chicken salad sandwiches.
Does anyone have any recipes that use canned chicken?

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  1. i'd like to know what people due with those canned whole chickens...what up with that(and the canned brown bread)?

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      I've never seen a canned whole chicken, so I don't know what's up with that either, but brown bread is usually cooked in a can. It's steamed like a pudding. So actually canning it doesn't seem like much of a leap.

      1. re: Euonymous

        Just not to side-track this topic, here's a post on the General Board about Sweet Sue Whole Chicken in a Can.

        As to the OP, once I got over the idea of canned chicken (the normal kind, not whole), I came to love the stuff. Use it for anything where you would use cooked chicken or canned tuna.

        1. re: Euonymous

          Brown bread in a can is a staple of the Boston Area. Boston Brown Bread is what it's called and rich in molasses and so good. Serve with Boston Baked Beans and your favorite grilled meat and a salad. YUM!

      2. How about just about any casserole you can think of. For example, chicken & noodle casserole. Or for salads with chicken. Have you ever eaten a Devonshire sandwich? If you really want to try something, make “Phoenikia’s Almost Cassoulet” by using your chicken in place of the duck. You’ll need to add some grease. Maybe chop up some bacon and cook it down for the flavor and the grease. I didn’t say it would be real cassoulet, but it’ll be good to eat. Or just make chicken noodle soup.

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        1. re: yayadave

          could you describe a Devonshire sandwich?

          1. re: bryan

            The basic Devonshire Sandwich would be a slice of toast topped with sliced turkey or chicken, bacon, tomato slices, and cheese sauce. There are variations: 2 pieces of toast, no tomato, and, of course, the cheese sauce. Best is probably a cheddar sauce, but some just use Velveeta and some add chicken broth to the cheese sauce. I'm sure you can see the opportunity to add seasonings. If you pile it up, it's a sturdy lunch.

            1. re: yayadave

              Isn't this usually called a "Hot Brown"?

          2. re: yayadave

            I second the idea of any sort of old-fashioned hot casserole dish you like that uses chicken. We use it for a "chicken bake" that's pretty unabashadly one of your standard cream-of-whatever soup casseroles, but that doesn't stop me from liking it :)

            12 corn tortillas (don't use flour for this, they turn to mush)
            2 cans condensed cream of whatever (usually I use mushroom, I think the original calls for 1 cream of mushroom and 1 cream of chicken)
            1/2 diced onion (I usually use a whole onion, but we really like onion)
            diced green chiles (canned is fine)
            2 cans of the pre-cooked chicken
            1 c. chicken broth
            shredded cheese
            optional: sauteed mushrooms

            Preheat oven to 350.

            Sautee up the mushrooms, if you're using them.

            Mix together in a BIG bowl your chicken, condensed cream soups, chicken broth, onion, green chiles, salt and pepper to taste, and the mushrooms (after sauteeing) if you're using them.

            So, all you do is take a casserole dish, spray it down with cooking spray. Layer in 6 of the corn tortillas to cover the bottom and up the sides of the dish a little, they should just barely overlap each other at every edge. Pour in half your chicken/soup mixture and spread so it's fairly even. Top with a thinnish layer of shredded cheese. Layer in the final 6 corn tortillas, barely overlapping at the edges again. Pour in the rest of the chicken/soup mixture, spread evenly. Top with enough shredded cheese to cover.

            Let it bake in the oven for 30 min, the cheese should be just getting the slightest bit brown around the edges when you take it out. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before cutting into it to let it "solidify" some, otherwise the soup just runs all over the place.

          3. canned chicken, that's tough. how about mayo and curry, maybe grapes?

            1. I'll bet there are some nice breakfast stratas or casseroles that use chicken. Oh yeah, you can make biscuits and chicken gravy.

              1. I added it to a strata once, and it ruined it--threw it out. It tasted like canned tuna (a friend liked it though, so it may just be me).

                Based on my experience, I would only use it for making cold dishes. Let us know how it works for you.