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Ground chicken texture - mushy?

fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2012 09:02 AM

My SO has recently been into ground chicken. I think it tastes OK, but there is just something about the cooked texture that turns me off. I find it to be very mushy, like you don't really need to chew it, kind of a pasty texture if that makes any sense. Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me? It's not chicken breasts but both the dark and white meat so I don't think it's a too little fat issue as it has the same fat as 96% beef that I use all of the time and don't have an issue with at all. He thinks I'm crazy so I thought I'd find out if there were any other "crazies."

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    cutipie721 Dec 8, 2012 09:44 AM

    Don't know anything about ground chicken, but in my culture we make ground fish/shrimp balls. When we make them, we mix/beat the hell out of the "dough", quite the opposite of the meatball wisdom. Adding egg whites may also help.

    Please report back if you plan to give it another chance!

    1. juliejulez Dec 8, 2012 09:21 AM

      I've only actually used it once to make these cheese stuffed meatballs and I agree with you. I'd much rather use ground turkey than ground chicken.

      I might attempt to grind my own breasts to see what that does as I'd like to make my own chicken sausages but so far I wasn't impressed with the store-bought ground chicken.

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      1. re: juliejulez
        fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2012 09:43 AM

        Please report, I'd be interested to hear. We have only used the Wegman's organic ground chicken product so perhaps other brands or home-ground is different.

        1. re: fldhkybnva
          juliejulez Dec 8, 2012 10:11 AM

          Will do. When I bought mine, it was just something I got at the regular grocery store, not organic or anything.

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        KrumTx Dec 8, 2012 09:07 AM

        Then I'm crazy, too. I'd like to like ground chicken but I think it has the texture of baby food.

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          benbenberi Dec 8, 2012 09:07 AM

          It's not just you. I like chicken a lot & eat it often, while I'm not much of a turkey fan. But for ground poultry, I go with turkey every time. Ground chicken = pasty mush. Nasty!

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          1. re: benbenberi
            fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2012 09:41 AM

            I am often a chicken lover in fact most nights people ask "whats for dinner? chicken?" Yea, I don't mind ground turkey breast at all so I knew it wasn't a general ground poultry hatred.

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