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ways to save overcooked chicken?

I overcooked two chicken breasts the other day, and I hoping y'all can suggest a way to salvage them. Some sort of stew or soup?

Or, should I just compost them?


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  1. Overcooked chicken can sometimes be combined with a dressing to make a\chicken salad sandwiches.
    It could also be added, cut into small chunks, to a finished chicken/veg. stock for a soup.

    1. Whatever you do with them, put in lots of gravy, mayo, stock, or something else juicy. Also put in a bunch of other stuff that's not overcooked. You could make a nice chicken pot pie with lots of vegetables, shred the chicken up finely, then cover it all with gravy and place into pie crust and bake.

      Chicken salad is popular. Diced celery and onion, shredded chicken, mayo, mustard, celery seeds. (Use a lot of the vegetables).

      You could chop it up and put it into chicken noodle soup, but I wouldn't add the chicken until the last minute. You don't want to cook it any further.

      1. I vote for a cold chicken salad which won't cook the chicken anymore. My favorite includes mayo, yogurt, apples, nuts, raisins and lots of curry powder and chutney. Wonderful on lettuce, awesome on wheat bread.

        1. Shred them and soak in chicken broth; drain and mix with a green chile or regular enchilada sauce. fill enchiladas with the soaked chicken, sauteed onions, queso blanco, roll and smother in sauce. bake as minimally as possible.

          Or dice and soak in broth, then add to cacciatore at the last minute.

          1. I.m interested that you compost meat, never heard of doing that.

            5 Replies
            1. re: magiesmom

              i've actually read in numerous places that is unsafe and unwise to do.

              i'd put it in the food pro with butter, mayo and herbs and make a sort of chicken mousse.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                It's a bad idea to compost fat. Composting protein is ok as long as you can keep things like raccoons out of your pile/bin.

                1. re: LaureltQ

                  that is a big IF in my neck of the ( literally) woods

              2. re: magiesmom

                Don't know where snacktime lives, but our city has a "green bin" program and you can put any food waste into it including meat, bones, cheese, things I wouldn't dream of putting in my backyard composter!

                1. re: cheesymama

                  Yup, I meant the city compost - SF takes everything.

                  Thanks for all of the ideas!

              3. i vote for soup, and i'd suggest *shredding* the meat to help with texture. i know a lot of people would go with chicken salad, but i don't like mine very wet/heavily dressed which you'd have to do to counteract the dryness of the meat.

                1. I say grind it up and make chicken salad.

                  1. I say go contrarian.

                    You have not overcooked, but have simply undercooked it.

                    Go all the way and make chicken jerky.

                    1. I think if you cut it up and simmer it slowly in some chicken or vegetable broth (or do it in a slow cooker) you'll find it will loosen up enough that you can do just about anything you like with it. Eat as is with a bit of sauce or some browned onions, make chicken salad with thyme, or rosemary chicken omelettes, bake it in a juicy little mushroom noodle casserole or a gratin with cooked potatoes and chives and some cheese on top, shred or chop it and make a hot dip with cream cheese and hot sauce or a cold one with sour cream and Worcestershire or with yogurt and curry. Even creamed chicken over toast, maybe with sage and a couple poached or hardboiled eggs...

                      I'm making myself hungry.

                          1. I ended up soaking the chicken in chicken broth for about 36 hours and then made enchiladas, which turned out fine.
                            Thanks again for the ideas!