chicken was rubber?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by slydog, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. hi  i  smoked some chicken breast the other night had smoker on at 325 until internal temp reached 165 chicken was  moist but rubbery any thoughts
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have had the Mrs. pick up Chix Breast on sale and they were HUGE. Each lobe was just over a Pound! A 10 lb bag had 8 Breasts in it...These were tough as well but had good flavor. The problem is they are from older Chickens very likely Layers past their prime. These will taste great but can be tough. Given the choice, look for Breasts in the 8-12 ounce range, these are from younger Chickens raised for eating and will yield a better product, Don't forget to Brine as well, goes a long way toward tender flavorful Chicken ...JJ
     
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    was the meat rubbery or just the skin?
     
  4. the meat 
     
  5. ty jj 
     
  6. im thinking maybe cause i didnt brine or just bad bird  thanks for reading eman
     
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Just a FYI. I take those chicken breast that look like they came off a turkey and slice them across the breast In aprox. 1/2 " thick slices and sautee them in a little compound butter to 160 internal. Fantastic w/ some steamed veggies and cheese sauce.
     
  8. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Were they frozen,thawed then smoked

    Joe
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
  9. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Was the skin on? If not maybe wrap in some bacon.
     
  10. yes frozen thawed then cooked
     
  11. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


    bingo........... I bet that was your problem.... I hardly ever put chicken in the freezer. unless I use it for soups. Buy it, prepare it then cook it....I would give that a try and I bet you will be happier with the results..

    Joe
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012

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