There’s no way to fix chewy “chicken meat”, but there are several ways to use it in ways that no one will notice. The main trick is to dice or sliver it so that you enjoy the flavor without having to do a lot of chewing.
My personal favorite would be soup – take a box or two of chicken broth cook in your favorite vegetables and add the chicken diced small. Another approach would be to dice it again short and make chicken salad with some celery, sweet onion, mayonnaise, and seasonings.
You could also cut it into relatively thin slivers and use it for fajitas, burritos, chicken Cesar salad, or then simmer it in some barbecue sauce with a splash of cider vinegar and use it like pulled pork either on rolls or over rice. There are also several ways to use slivered in Asian inspired dishes from stir fry to Pad Thai noodle.
How To Avoid Chewy Chicken Meat?
Both are quite a low cost. First, use the oven thermometer to calibrate your oven. Preheat your oven to various cooking temperatures and check the reading on the thermostat. This way, you’ll know if you need to adjust the dial to get your desired temperature. My current oven runs about 50 degrees hotter than the dial – which can affect my results.
After you calibrate your oven, use the meat thermometer with all your poultry and roasts.
Can We Cook Frozen Chicken?
Yes, you can cook frozen chicken. However, you want to take into account what kind of chicken we are talking about here. Is it a WHOLE chicken bone and all? Or is it small cuts like thighs, or drumsticks, wings, chicken breast?
It is not advisable to cook whole chicken bones and all while it is frozen. Not because it will “poison” the meat, but from a technical standpoint, you are going to have to cook it for a very long time. The outside is going to cook a lot faster than the still frozen inside. So by the time, the inside reaches a temperature that is safe for eating, or “cooked”. The outside part is going to be the texture of charcoal.
Frozen chicken breasts, for example – all you need to do is throw them on a pan and into a 425 degree preheated oven and let them cook for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees internally. (use a meat thermometer)
For frozen chicken thighs or drumsticks – preheat oven to 425 degrees and bake them for about 45 minutes to an hour or until they reach at least 170 degrees (Higher because dark meat can handle the higher temp without drying and because it tastes better). I often cook my thighs and drums to 180 degrees internal.