Have you wanted to learn to easily make your own ground chicken? Let me show you how easy it is to grind your own chicken and store it for making dinners in the future.
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Why you will love this recipe
- Lean protein substitute in recipes that call for ground meat.
- Freezer friendly Make a large portion and separate in freezer containers to use later.
- Clean eating: Control what goes into your ground meat.
All you will need is chicken I like to use a blend of chicken breast and thighs.
See recipe card for quantities.
Instructions on how to ground chicken at home
With a sharp knife cut the chicken into smaller pieces about 2-inch strips. Then, attach the meat grinder attachment to the kitchen aid mixer and on the high-speed process all the meat. Make sure to keep the meat cold and don't let stand in room temperature for an extended time.
How to ground chicken with food processor
You can also mince chicken in a food processor if you don't have a meat grinder. This helps achieve a more consistent texture and prevents over-processing.
Make sure to cut the chicken into smaller more manageable pieces. Place into the food processor and using the metal blade pulse in short bursts, allowing the blades to chop the chicken gradually.
Pause occasionally to scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl with a spatula. This ensures that all the chicken is evenly minced. Be cautious not to turn it into a paste; aim for a fine, even mince.
How to season ground chicken
Feel free to get creative with herbs and spices based on your preferences. Use a premade seasoning mix or come up with your own also keep it simple with just salt and pepper. Seasoning is a personal preference, so don't hesitate to experiment and tailor the flavors to your liking.
Seasoning proportions: For 1LB of Ground chicken meat season with 2 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper.
Food Processor: If you have a food processor you can use it to mince chicken. Just watch closely and only pulse the meat scraping down often to prevent the meat from turning to paste.
Refrigerator: Uncooked raw ground chicken can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days. If the ground chicken breast is cooked already you can store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Freezer: Raw frozen chicken is best used in 3 to 4 months; cooked ground chicken can be stored for 2 to 3 months.
Choose a combination of chicken cuts that include both white and dark meat. This blend adds a richer flavor and better moisture content to your ground chicken.
I prefer to use a blend of chicken breast and chicken thighs for a moist and flavorful outcome. If you are looking for a lean option use only chicken breast.
Ground chicken cooks fairly quickly about 5-10 minutes on medium heat in a skillet.
I recommend a meat grinder because the meat will be consistently ground and you have no risk of chunks or your meat becoming paste. Although I don't want to buy more kitchen equipment a food processor works well in this case. Just make sure to watch the meat closely. If you plan on making your ground meat often I would recommend investing in a small compact meat grinder.
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