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What is this colored fiber in my chicken?

It's called deep pectoral myopathy or "green muscle disease", and it's a problem with heavy breasted poultry. The vessels are unable to supply enough blood to the muscle, with the result of death of ...
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What are these tiny kidney bean sized things in my rotisserie chicken

Your chicken was a rooster and what you found are his testicles. If you are not queasy, this forum entry gives you a picture and some more anatomical details. While animal testicles are typically ...
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Can chicken skeleton be made edible?

Chicken bones have a tendency to 'splinter' when 'mashed' (as in chewed upon), which is why you never give chicken bones to a dog. This applies equally to humans, if we gnaw on a chicken bone it is ...
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What effect does closing a lid in some recipe do?

It holds in steam. This increases the air temperature in the pan, which allows for more even cooking instead of just cooking the the food in contact with the pan. It also slows down how quickly the ...
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Why is expired frozen chicken safe to eat?

It's safe because freezing greatly slows (if not completely arrests) the growth of the bacteria that would otherwise make the meat spoil. It doesn't kill them, it just puts them in 'stasis'. The ...
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Conflicting advice on which knife to use when cutting up a chicken, which should I use?

Boning and jointing are two different tasks. Cutting up a chicken into pieces is jointing, removing the meat from the bones entirely is boning, it sounds like you were jointing the chicken to me. ...
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Can a microwave oven cook chicken?

A microwave can cook a beef steak or piece of chicken to a safe temperature and make it edible, however the result is often tough and you won't get a crust of any kind on it. When you cook something ...
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Can I roast a chicken over 2 time periods?

Can it be done? yes. Is there a higher risk of food poisoning? yes. The way to get around that is almost more of a pain -- you cook it in a low oven until it's just barely cooked through (which is a ...
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What effect does closing a lid in some recipe do?

Hot air rises, and cool air sinks. This means that a lot of the heat that comes off the cooking surface goes right up in to the surrounding area instead of into the food you're cooking. It also ...
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Is there supposed to be a difference between General Tso's and Sesame Chicken besides the seeds?

These recipes aren't very standardized. Your mileage will vary greatly from one restaurant to another. That said, generally these are three distinct dishes. Orange chicken is... Orangey. Sesame ...
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Can I roast a chicken over 2 time periods?

When I have wanted to cook a chicken but I will not be home, I have used a slow cooker. You won't end up with a really crispy skin, but it makes for some wonderfully moist and juicy chicken. Most ...
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Is the yellow skin of a raw chicken indicating that it has been dyed?

The skin is yellow probably because the chicken was fed with maize. Age and race of the chicken are a factor, too. In Germany (and propably Europe) you can explicitly buy „Maishähnchen“ that is fed ...
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Does this tinned food need to be cooked?

All tinned foods which are not dry (like flour or coffee grounds) have been sufficiently cooked and are safe to eat directly after opening. Once opened, leftover contents should be treated like any ...
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Boiling Chicken Breast (or any meat) before cooking to cook evenly

Short answer - you are right on all counts and she's wrong. Tell her that, she'll love it. ;) The longer answer is that boiling a frozen piece of meat, especially one that is thick in the middle ...
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On a naked chicken (skin on, but no coating, batter) is there any benefit of double frying?

I believe you are referring to this article? https://www.seriouseats.com/2012/01/the-food-lab-how-to-make-best-buffalo-wings-fry-again-ultimate-crispy-deep-fried-buffalo-wings.html Funny enough, I ...
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Chicken soup has split. Can it be repaired

Pureed chicken and water is not a stable emulsion, no. There's nothing in there that binds the fat or suspends the meat particles. Most recipes for chicken soup do not call for pureeing the actual ...
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Advice for making/keeping shredded chicken moist?

The first issue I see is that you are over cooking your chicken breast. 20 minutes in a pressure cooker is really over doing it. Even a little over cooking dries chicken breast. Chicken breast ...
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What's the point of roasting a whole chicken?

The reasons people still roast whole birds are: Roasting a whole chicken is easier than butterflying it. While it's not tough to butterfly a chicken many people don't know how, or don't want the ...
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How to prevent the chicken breasts from drying out

The reason why your meat is dry has less to do with whether you cook in liquid and more to do with the temperature you cook the meat to. The proteins in meat will squeeze out the water in them as you ...
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What has happened to today's chicken compared to the chicken in the 1950's - 80's?

I don't think much has happened to washing a chicken in itself, rather much more has happened to our knowledge about bacteria, hygiene, and cross contamination. Most likely, with or without washing, ...
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Can a microwave oven cook chicken?

By itself? Not really, the results will end up edible (i.e. fully cooked) but not very tasty (chewy, no searing/caramelization). However, there are dedicated "microwave grill" devices like the ...
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Does this tinned food need to be cooked?

As people have mentioned, canned meats are cooked as part of the canning process, so it’s safe to eat as is... but it’s not always ideal to do so. In many ways, it’s like a chicken hot dog right out ...
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Can I make fried chicken without a deep frier?

B is your best bet. In fact, that's the original (And IMO, best) way to do it! Find a nice heavy cast iron skillet, fill it around halfway with oil, and then fry your chicken and rotate it in the pan ...
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Sous vide chicken without an internal temperature of 165 °F (75 °C)

The reduction of bacterial growth, and thus food safety, follow a logarithmic pattern that factors in temperature plus time. During sous vide cooking, lower temperature are frequently used for longer ...
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Boiling Chicken Breast (or any meat) before cooking to cook evenly

I found that putting chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and letting them sit in a bowl of water thaws them fairly quickly "changing the water helps too". Albet not as quickly as a microwave though ...
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Undercooked areas in chicken breast even though thermometer reads 165 degrees in thickest part

If the raw spot was in a thin area, I'd suggest that it was caused by the pan frying method. A thin spot could leave a gap between the surface of the pan and the meat itself, and so not absorb much ...
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When you velvet chicken, are you supposed to wash off the baking soda?

There is some controversy about the ingredients for velveting, but the idea behind the Chinese technique, is that meat (chicken, pork, or fish) is marinated, then given a hot oil blanch, before being ...
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Can chicken skeleton be made edible?

Pressure cookers will quickly soften most chicken bones. We make stock with our chicken carcasses in a pressure cooker, and the resulting bones can be crushed with fingers, no splintering.
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What has happened to today's chicken compared to the chicken in the 1950's - 80's?

I don't see how anything intrinsic about chickens has changed with respect to safety. We know that chickens can carry the salmonella bacteria and that means there's always a risk of a very serious ...
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Adding raw chicken to a meal that is being reheated

If a dish, any dish, leftovers or otherwise, has raw chicken added to it, then is cooked until said chicken is fully cooked, it is then safe to eat. There is nothing from what you describe that ...
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