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Is my fear of canned chicken legit?

Asked by SamIAm (8703points) June 21st, 2010

I don’t know what it is… I’ve had it before (and loved it!) and I grew up on canned tuna. Why am I so afraid of canned chicken?

Do you have any good recipes involving this food that is making me uneasy? (I bought it to make chicken salad)

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SamIAm's avatar

@dpworkin: thank you! but i’ve done that, i need comfort (read: ideas and opinions) from you guys, not from people i don’t know…

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Maybe it’s because it’s kind of late and my brain isn’t working. But I’ve never heard of canned chicken before. That’d make me uneasy, so you’ve not alone.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I use the canned chicken product from the same outfit that makes “Deviled Ham”. I use it as a sandwich spread, mostly because the small can means no waste (preparing meals for one). Great on picnics, you can make up your sandwich fresh (no soggy rolls and you only have to keep the mayo chilled).

whatthefluther's avatar

I think we have become so accustomed to mostly canned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies, etc) and fresh meat, that your trepidation is not uncommon, and one I share, altho I know of no basis for concern. See ya…..Gary/wtf

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Samantha_Rae Maybe you’ve read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” recently?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@Samantha_Rae, you’re not alone. The idea of any sort of canned meat or fish brings out the vegetarian tendencies in me. I can sort of do tuna, but forget anything else.

Once a week, I bake a package of chicken breasts (bone in, skin on) and then remove the meat and use it all week to cook with, make chicken salad, etc. It’s pretty easy to do. I try different seasonings on the meat each time, bake the chicken uncovered in a 350 degree oven for about 1 hour 20 minutes, and then let it cool. Sometimes the chicken breasts end up as dinner that night. Getting the chicken with the rib bones is less expensive than boneless chicken breasts, and has more flavor, but is a little higher in calories than boneless chicken.

Boiling chicken to make chicken salad/soup is a little more involved, but you do end up with great broth at the end of the process.

Kayak8's avatar

I use canned chicken all the time! It is particularly good in Mexican recipes like enchiladas. I sometimes use it to make chicken salads as well. I have never had any problems with it (I read dates on cans and pitch if beyond the date).

janbb's avatar

Kind of grosses me out too, although I don’t have any scientific basis for the feeling.

Andreas's avatar

@Samantha_Rae I have never heard of canned chicken. It maybe something not in Australia, yet. But what you question brought to mind was an episode of M.A.S.H. where Charles Winchester had some canned turkey (I think, poultry at least), shared it with Hotlips and both got food poisoning.

I don’t really want to put you off your dinner! ;-)

aprilsimnel's avatar

As long as you trust the supplier, it’s not a problem. I get canned chicken from Trader Joe’s frequently and use it for chicken salad and mix in with pasta, etc., and it’s fine. It is the same as having canned tuna.

CMaz's avatar

Canned chicken as for most canned meat contain the leftover parts.

The chicken feet meat and lips. Trimmings and such.

SamIAm's avatar

@ChazMaz : ewww nooooo, that can’t be true!!!

justn's avatar

I use canned chicken to make chicken packets. Its basically the chicken mixed with cream cheese and stuffed in crescent rolls topped with butter and bread crumbs. They really are quite tasty and pretty easy to make.

downtide's avatar

I have never seen canned chicken in the UK. I would sooner go vegetarian than attempt to eat anything like that.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@justin, what else is in there? That sounds delicious.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Folks, I can attest that when I open the cans I buy, it looks like this. No lips, or beaks, or toes or anything like that. It’s just cooked chicken breast!

SamIAm's avatar

thank you @aprilsimnel!!! that makes me feel much better, and actually looks good!! chicken salad this week for sure :)

downtide's avatar

do chickens even have lips?

justn's avatar

@PandoraBoxx Here is a recipe for chicken packets I found. (I can’t find mine)

Its very similar to my recipe though, in fact I think its exactly the same, I usually leave out the chives though (just because I never liked green stuff when I was a kid) and use butter instead of margarine.

And they are delicious and quite filling.

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