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You can take some of the different mrs dash salt free seasons and take some water and mis the seasons in there, then pour over the chicken( till its covered) and let it sit in their for night and day until its time to cook it. I prefer then taking the chicken out of the water/season mix and putting it on foil, adding more season, sealing up the foil so the steam stays in, then broiling it in the oven.
Its possible you just don't like it. If you normally like the kind out at restaurants, remember most of the time they use tons of butter on theirs.
Try poaching it in water with a cut up onion and a few cloves of garlic. After about 30 minutes (if thawed) you will have very tender juicy chicken that is perfect for shredding. It will have absorbed some of the cooked onion and garlic flavours.
*Throw away the onion and garlic. If you have any use for chicken broth you can save the cooking water-it will be quite tasty!
I think I know what you mean. I love a good cx breast at a resturant but can't seem to get that same taste at home. It just seemed slightly off at home.
What I found that helps me, is to take a cx breast and tenderize it. It makes it thin and tender and for some reason it tastes better to me. I use some oil in a pan to lightly sautee, use MsDash and sea salt and it is great. No more funny taste!
It might be that you are overcooking your chicken. Tough dry chicken can be pretty terrible. It is very easy to overcook chicken, and I am guessing that the Foreman grill is responsible. If you buy skinless chicken breasts, there is no need to cook it on the Foreman grill because there won't be any fat draining off of it, but probably lots of water which means your chicken is drying out.
Instead, try cutting it up into bite-size pieces (smaller than you think because chicken doesn't shrink when you cook it...1/2" cubes are ideal). Small pieces are more difficult to overcook because they are done shortly after the surface turns white no matter what temperature you use. It takes out a lot of the guess work and is a good way to begin until you can perfect your own method. Cook them with a bit of oil to prevent sticking and you shouldn't need to add any extra liquid as chicken provides its own.
I like to saute garlic and onions until the onions are soft then add the chicken. The chicken absorbs the flavor and it all finishes cooking at the same time. Stir it pretty constantly, usually medium or medium-high heat works for me. Once all the chicken looks white on all sides, pull out one of your larger pieces and cut it in half to make sure it is done all the way through. Then remove it from the heat because it can dry out very quickly.
If this method results in bad-tasting chicken, either you bought bad chicken or you just don't like it. Good luck!
If all the chicken you fix tastes bad, even though it comes from different stores and you fix it different ways, then I would say you don't like chicken! If it doesn't taste good to you, don't eat it. You can get your protein from turkey, lean pork, very lean beef, fish, beans, quinoa... There's no reason to eat something you don't like.
Just one other idea: Are you cooking it with the skin off or on? Lately I've noticed problems with skin-on chicken. They're using some sort of disinfectant, I guess because of fears of salmonella and e. coli, and it soaks into the skin and won't rinse away. It might be a regional thing. If you're getting a bleachy/chemical taste, try buying skinless.
Oh, and if it's a fishy taste, that's because of the feed the chickens eat. In some places they feed chickens fish meal for the same reasons people eat fish. If you're sensitive to that taste, there's nothing to do about it except stop eating chicken.
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Try seasoning with black pepper and herb seasoning that might help with the taste.
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I'm still worried that it's rotten....I actually have bought chicken quarters from 2 different grocery stores in a month and they were both "off" (luckily it doesn't go to waste since my dog is on the raw diet, and with their digestive systems they can eat slightly off meat)....
It was annoying, but i was not willing to take a chance.....and the dog could eat it...lol
Try marinating if it's not off....barbequing is good too :-D
There are so many ways to cook chicke, that you could look for different approaches. I love chicken and cannot imagine me not eating it.
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This may sound silly, but I found that when I made chicken one time on my GF grill, it had a horrible taste to it. Upon closer inspection, I realized that I hadn't cleaned the grill after the last time I used it though I would have sworn that I had!
Other than that, I'd say definitely try marinating your chicken or finding a sauce that you like that you can use on the chicken to improve its taste. But, all else failing, if you don't like the taste of it once it's prepared that way - don't force yourself to eat it!
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Is it all chicken, as in all the chicken you've ever made?
It could have gotten contaminated.
It could be from things injected into the chicken.
If you've been getting one brand, try another. Or try getting a whole chicken and cut it up yourself.
In general though, to prepare chicken you want to rinse it and some people say pat it dry. I don't, I just put it in/on whatever I'm using.
I also do find some boneless chicken breasts can taste a little rubbery, so tend to get the ones with bone-in.
Of course anything that touched raw meat should not be used to touch the cooked meat ... wash things (including your hands) in between.
Is all of the chicken from the same batch? you may have gotten some bad chicken. Does it taste "bad", in the sense of being maybe spoiled, or bad like just not tasty? If it's the first one I would take it back to the store where you bought it and get my money back.
If it's just the flavor that you don't like try marinating it, before cooking.
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Why does my chicken taste so bad I have used the george forum grill, I have tried baking, broiling in the oven, butting salsa on it but it has this really funny taste to it. What can I use to season it up and get rid of the bad taste. I can't use salt at all any suggestions?
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