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How to Mince Chicken

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author image Ellen Douglas
Ellen Douglas has written on food, gardening, education and the arts since 1992. Douglas has worked as a staff reporter for the Lakeville Journal newspaper group. Previously, she served as a communication specialist in the nonprofit field. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.
How to Mince Chicken
Raw minced chicken forms chicken meatballs for a change of pace. Photo Credit tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images

There's no sense mincing words -- chopping poultry into ever-finer pieces for minced chicken can be challenging. If you're truly skillful with a cleaver, by all means do your own mincing by hand. But because poultry flesh puts up more resistance than crispy vegetables, mincing chicken is more challenging than, say, fine-chopping shallots. When in doubt, turn to your trusty food processor to take over the mincing tasks.

Step 1

Rinse chicken pieces under cold running water, then pat them dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Remove the skin, tendons and fat from the chicken pieces. If you are using dark meat or bone-in white meat, cut the flesh away from the bones.

Step 3

Lay the skinned and trimmed chicken pieces on a cutting board. Chop the chicken flesh into 2-inch cubes that are as uniform as possible.

Step 4

Put a few handfuls of the chicken cubes into a food processor. Pulse the chicken in brief bursts until the pieces come to a mince that is either coarse or fine, depending on your preference. Avoid over-processing the chicken to a ground consistency.

Step 5

Repeat with any remaining chicken. Working in small batches ensures an even mince.

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