To get rid of the strong chicken taste, make sure to wash it thoroughly, let the chicken marinate for 24 hours, marinate the chicken during the cooking process and after. Never let the chicken dry out, add spice and it’s worth changing your chicken supplier to see if that makes a difference.
For a more detailed answer, keep reading if you really want to get rid of chicken that tastes too chickeny
1. Wash the chicken thoroughly
So you’re probably already doing this, but I’m going to mention it anyway…
Make sure you’re washing the chicken first, especially if you’re buying it from the local butchers.
The chicken is left out on display, absorbing smell (probably) and when you touch it, it’s slimy. So make sure to wash it thoroughly.
2. Let the chicken marinate for at least 24 hours
Don’t just put some sauce on there, let it sit for 5 minutes and start cooking. The chicken has absolutely no chance to absorb any of those flavors. It takes a lot of time for the chicken to absorb the sauces and seasonings.
So make sure you prep your chicken and put it in the fridge
3. Marinate before and after
This was a complete changer for me. I couldn’t believe I had spent years not seasoning after the chicken was cooked…
…you see, when you’re cooking the chicken, so much of the marinade and flavor is going to fall off, no matter what you do.
So the best thing to do is to marinate the chicken before, during, and after it’s cooked.
The first thing to do is to make your marinade and let it sit on your chicken for 24 hours.
PRO TIP: Make sure to put a couple of slits in the chicken for better marinade absorption.
After it’s been in the oven or however you’re cooking it (except for frying) half of its total cooking time, make sure to brush it with your marinade.
Last but certainly not least, when it’s cooked, give it one last brush of the marinade.
Don’t use the marinade that your raw chicken was sitting in. Make another one.
4. Use a wire rack
If you’re cooking your chicken and no air is going to the bottom of the oven, it’s going to get messy. The flavors will drip off it and it’ll become soggy, even when you flip it to let it cook on the other side.
So do yourself, your taste buds and your stomach a favor and let the heat flow under the chicken.
5. Don’t let it dry out
Dry chicken will inevitably taste really ‘chickeny’ and gamey. So make sure you turn the heat down and keep an eye on it.
PRO TIP: Add honey to your marinate, it will provide a protective barrier against heat, still allow the chicken to cook and will help keep it moist.
A simple and straightforward way to keep the strong chicken taste away is to barbecue it. Whip out that bad boy and throw them bi*che$ on the barbecue. Make sure you don’t leave it on for too long as well.
Keep it nice and moist!
Spice is a notorious and boardline cliche item when it comes to masking taste…
…throw some hot sauce on there as the marinade…
…cook the chicken as a curry. That’s another great idea. More specifically, a Pakistani curry which are the spiciest.
Here’s an epic video:
8. Change your supplier
I had an issue with my chicken breast… when I cooked it properly it still had a raw bite to it. No matter how it was cooked, that soft crunchy raw bite came through.
I decided to go to another butcher shop and that raw bite was no longer there. It cooked better and tasted better.
So make sure to give your supplier a switch and try someone else.
9. Use chicken thigh
Chicken thigh is known to have less of that post microwave chicken taste. Not that it’s completely invincible to the overpowering chicken taste because after all, it’s still chicken.
Use a different part of the chicken instead of the breast for a less chickeny taste.
How to get rid of canned chicken taste
If you haven’t already, read the first section of this post as the points mentioned there will likely get rid of or at least dramatically reduce the canned chicken taste.
First of all, make sure the chicken has been thoroughly washed, you don’t want any goop on it. Then add some butter to the skillet, add some chopped up rosemary, onion powder and garlic powder.
Let the butter and the seasonings marinate and combine. Then separate the oil from the used seasonings by using a sieve and pour the mixture back into the skillet.
Now you’ve got some beautifully seasoned oil. Toss your canned chicken in there and let it warm up.
Typically, canned chicken is already cooked and edible so you won’t have to try to cook it through.
Now that the chicken has been warmed thoroughly or cooked, put a thick sauce on it and let it sit for a few minutes to absorb that sauce.
10. Make a spread
If you’re making a sandwich, you can make a paste from the canned chicken. And then place items on top such as beans, vegetables, rice etc.
How to get rid of leftover chicken taste
11. Avoid the microwave!
The biggest issue with the microwave is the strong chicken aftertaste it leaves. So reheat via other methods, using a skillet or oven will do.
When you cook the chicken on the skillet, make sure to add a bit of oil, let the oil heat up first and then add the chicken. Let it warm on a low heat.
If you’re reheating through the oven, make sure to add a small spray of water and wrap the chicken in foil. This will keep the chicken moist.
12. Add more sauce
Yep, it’s no secret. Sauce will help.
I like to add some rich sauce like peppercorn sauce, something nice and thick.
Or if you like to add the classics such as ketchup, mayo, chilli sauce etc.
How to get rid of frozen chicken taste
To get rid of the frozen chicken taste, allow the chicken to defrost for at least 8 hours. Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour and then cook it. Marinate the chicken during the cooking process and after.
Again, if you haven’t read the first section, read it and then come to this section