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What should I do with left over soup chicken?

learningslo Jan 7, 2013 06:44 PM

I always remove most of the chicken I use to make chicken soup (I like to poach a few fresh breasts of chicken in the broth for 20 or so minutes, just prior to serving it, so the meat is still tender and juicy), and am left with a large pile of small bits of stringy, dry, over-cooked chicken meat.
I've done pot-pies and curried chicken salad (with yogurt - mayonnaise and I don't get along), but I need some new inspiration. Any ideas would be much appreciated!! Thanks!

  1. ipsedixit Jan 14, 2013 11:38 AM

    Drown it in some good BBQ sauce, put it between a soft, squishy hamburger bun with some coleslaw, eat it all with glee (and a bib if necessary) and then pretend it never happened.

    1. d
      Diane in Bexley Jan 14, 2013 11:02 AM

      When I make chicken stock, I buy 10 lb. bags of dark meat (legs, backs and wings) the butcher puts on sale every now and then for like 79 cents a pound. As others have pointed out, they have given up their goodness to the stock and are pretty tasteless. My grandmother would probably cringe, but I throw them away.

      1. Samurai Sam Jan 14, 2013 10:57 AM

        steamed chicken buns

        1. porker Jan 7, 2013 07:37 PM

          I like to saute with a bit of oil in a hot teflon pan. Finish with sesame chili oil for flavor.

          You can put between toast with sliced tomato, salt & pepper (I'd use mayo, but thats me), lettuce and bacon optional.

          You can chop and saute with cooked potato chunks, onion, and montreal steak spice for a type of hash (for extra points, pour a couple of beaten eggs over the mix).

          Saute with tomato, onion, chili powder, and chopped jalapeno. Wrap in a flour tortilla with shredded cheese for a mexican roll-up.

          1. z
            zamorski Jan 7, 2013 07:14 PM

            I have given up trying to use "used up stock fixings" for anything other than pet food. It just isn't tasty enough to feed to humans, in my mind anyway. However, both of my Great Danes (picky eaters, both) loved the leftover glop (vegetables, meat, skin, fat--everything but the bones, which I removed). I saved it in the freezer for their periodic hunger strikes, and then mixed it into their kibble. Worked every time.

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            1. re: zamorski
              tardigrade Jan 7, 2013 07:18 PM

              I used to have a cat who went crazy for poultry. If he refused to eat the scraps from stock, I knew all the chickeny goodness had gone into the stock and there were nothing left to do with the leftovers. I've tried using them in soups, pies, etc., but by that time they had no taste left.

              1. re: zamorski
                hotoynoodle Jan 7, 2013 07:21 PM

                "I have given up trying to use "used up stock fixings" for anything other than pet food. It just isn't tasty enough to feed to humans, in my mind anyway."


                +1 on this.

                furthermore, i no longer really use meaty bits for chicken stock. i use heads, backs and feet that i buy at the asian market for pennies.

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