Have you ever prepared a hearty dinner by yourself to serve your friends and relatives? Then, you wanted to taste all of the dishes first and realized the chicken dish was quite tough. What an embarrassing situation!
So you wonder what makes chicken rubbery?
I will give you the answer below.
What Makes Chicken Rubbery?
There are many reasons that make chicken rubbery as follow.
1. Egg-laying hens instead of hens raised for meat
These chickens are often rubbery because they are older, and their muscles have worked harder. It is difficult for you to distinguish between old chickens and tasty chickens.
We will give you a handy tip.
You can look at these parts of a chicken such as chicken gizzard, chicken feet, and chicken beak. Tasty chicken often has a bigger gizzard (around 5 inches), black feet, and shorter beak.
2. Boiling instead of blanching chicken meat
If you boil chicken before cooking, it will be rubbery. But when you blanch it, the meat will be moist, soft, while retaining the same flavors and quality. And don’t forget to cook it immediately after you blanch it.
3. Marinating chicken with many acidic ingredients
Some acidic marinades such as vinegar, beer, orange juice, lemon can make chicken harder and more rubbery over time. It would be better not to marinate chicken for more than 2 hours.
4. Overcook the meat accidentally
When you cook chicken meat too long, the water in the chicken will be gone and it makes rubbery. You ought to estimate the time for different cooking ways. We often utilize meat thermometer.
By using a meat thermometers, you can know the temperature inside the chicken when it reached up to a exact level. Most chicken is usually cooked at a temperature of 74 degrees Celsius.
Those reasons above are to help you choose chicken carefully and have more suitable ways to process chicken.
How about in case of having made chicken rubbery and you could not replace it? Let me show you the solutions.
Cooking different chicken dishes is not easy for us. But having tasty chicken without being rubbery is much more important. So we must know what makes chicken rubbery, then we can avoid doing it.
Besides, we also should prepare some tips in case we have cooked rubbery chicken.
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