Home-Canned Chicken and Ways to Use It, Part 2


In Part 1, I described how to can chicken and mentioned that I would share some ideas for using the home-canned chicken. One of the first questions people ask is if they can make fried chicken. The answer is “not really” It is possible to can chicken on the bone but the canning process cooks and tenderizes it to the point where the meat falls apart easily when removed from the jar. It would be the same as baking or boiling a chicken breast or drum stick from raw meat, then trying to bread/batter and fry it.

22 Ways to Use Canned Chicken

However, you can use the canned chicken meat to make chicken nuggets and chicken patties. Shred the meat with your fingers and stir in mayonnaise until you have a pasty clump of chicken that you can form into nuggets or patties. Dip in egg, water, or milk, then coat with seasoned flour, or mix the egg, water, or milk with seasoned flour to make a batter and coast the nuggets or patties with it. You can oven-bake or fry them in oil in a pan or fryer. I oven-bake them for half an hour to 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

I tried cutting chicken breasts in strips and canning it for making chicken strips, but the meat falls apart when I try to bread it. I had also hoped to use it in chicken fried rice but ended up with shredded chicken in the pan. It still makes great chicken fried rice but at best I have some chicken chunks in there along with shreds of (still tasty) chicken. If you add the chicken toward the end of preparing the fried rice, and stir gently, you can keep a lot of it in chunks. Stirring breaks it into shreds.

Another tasty way to use canned chicken is to shred the chicken with your fingers and add barbeque sauce. Heat and serve on rolls or buns for “pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches”. Sloppy Joe sauce works, too but, isn't as tangy.

I like to make a nice rich gravy that is thick with chunks of canned chicken, and pour it over mashed potatoes or homemade bread, or sometimes over both at once. It's also good over homemade biscuits.

Chicken gravy

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