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Old 07-20-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Flattening Chicken Breasts

I am really bad at doing this. I've use a recipe or two in the past that required me to pound out the chicken breast, usually for wrapping around something. Everytime I do it I have the worst time. I can never seem to get it as flat as I think it should be.

anyone have any tips or tricks?

I use a cake pan and a can of soup or something of the like. It works extremely well with beef and some other random applications but a flat chicken breast seems to elude me.

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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I cover them with a piece of plastic wrap and use the flat side of my meat mallet or the flat side of my heavy cleaver. I go right for the thickest piece. Don't murder the poor thing, it has already been killed once. I have the outside of the breast facing up. It has a membrane on it still that helps the chicken form shredding into pieces. I just rap it until the thickest part becomes equal to the thinner pointy end.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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I prefer to use the bottom of a heavy (cast iron) skillet because when I use my cleaver, I end up also pounding the side of my thumb into the board.

Also, look on the bottom side of the boneless breast. There's a tendon that, if not removed, prevents the meat from flattening out the way you want it to.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:30 PM   #4
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I prefer to use the bottom of a heavy (cast iron) skillet because when I use my cleaver, I end up also pounding the side of my thumb into the board.

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Ahhh. Pain! That's what I'm feeling. I was wondering what that was when I used a cleaver. Nobody said my cooking style was pretty.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:26 PM   #5
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I like the cast iron skillet method two. Only takes one or two good thwaps to get a flat surface (just don't hit it toooooo hard or you'll have flat chicken bits instead of a flat chicken breast.) Also, if you put the breast in between two pieces of plastic wrap and put that in between a couple of dish towels it muffles the noise, and stops concerned neighbours from coming downstairs to see if you're okay.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:33 PM   #6
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I like the cast iron skillet method two. Only takes one or two good thwaps to get a flat surface (just don't hit it toooooo hard or you'll have flat chicken bits instead of a flat chicken breast.) Also, if you put the breast in between two pieces of plastic wrap and put that in between a couple of dish towels it muffles the noise, and stops concerned neighbours from coming downstairs to see if you're okay.

Concerned or nosy?
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:35 PM   #7
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...Also, if you put the breast in between two pieces of plastic wrap and put that in between a couple of dish towels it muffles the noise, and stops concerned neighbours from coming downstairs to see if you're okay.
Noise? The chickens aren't supposed to be alive when you do this.
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That's a toss up. No one upstairs knows how to cook, so when they hear us messing around in the kitchen we get visitors appearing with noses twitching ;) good thing we always make extra!
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:07 PM   #9
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I like the cast iron method. How flat can you get a chicken breast without it just falling apart?
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:26 PM   #10
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Noise? The chickens aren't supposed to be alive when you do this.


I put my chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and hit it with my fist lol!
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