I froze a spare chicken breast raw, to save for my daughter (I very rarely eat meat, she has a bit more, but they come in packs of 2). I noticed it's got visible freezer burn. I refuse to waste it, so I'm going to eat it myself; after all, it's perfectly safe.

Normally I'd stir-fry chicken breast with veg, and add a sauce. I know from past experience that it can end up rather tough in that case. Can I do better?

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You can still save this breast if you:

  • Use a velveting technique to give it a silky texture and help retain moisture when you stir fry it
  • boil in broth and shred it (for a salad or a soup, for example) - I don't think the difference in texture will be noticeable
  • season it and cook it sous-vide to 63.3ºC (145.9F) for 1:30h, it's the method that will probably result in the most moist chicken of all methods.
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    All good advice, I'd add trimming off the obviously freezer-burned parts, they could add off-flavors.
    – GdD
    Commented Jan 31, 2023 at 11:31
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    Also, you can boil it in just enough salsa to cover it, then reduce the liquid down until your left with a tender and spicy shredded chicken that's perfect for tacos or burritos.
    – KnotWright
    Commented Jan 31, 2023 at 20:49
  • @KnotWright yeah: broth / salsa / sauce etc there are plenty of ways to add flavor!
    – Luciano
    Commented Feb 3, 2023 at 10:54
  • I can confirm the second one. I had some freezer burned chicken recently, made chicken noodle soup with it, and didn't even notice the difference. Commented Feb 6, 2023 at 19:53

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