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Old 09-14-2009, 09:46 AM   #11
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With the chicken being raised in Australia, and chickens ARE what they EAT, there may be some feed or plant that imparts a particular flavor to them, in which case either you cover it up with a strong sauce, buy chicken from some other source (Malaysia for instance), or don't eat it.

I'm truly sorry about that!
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:57 AM   #12
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wy not, slowly poach the chicken and let it cool down in the juice, then put a lit on it and put it in the fridge

don't boil the chicken, make sure it stay's under cooking point..

don't forget to season the stock , with salt, pepper and anything else you like
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:14 AM   #13
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Well there goes my theory! Sorry, I'm not sure what to tell you. It's definitely possible that the smell is coming from the marinade...have you considered skipping the marinading step and either cooking as-is or brining then cooking?
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:19 AM   #14
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Well there goes my theory! Sorry, I'm not sure what to tell you. It's definitely possible that the smell is coming from the marinade...have you considered skipping the marinading step and either cooking as-is or brining then cooking?
Good point!

But whatever the cause, Kalmen, I'm sure that we would all be interested in the outcome of this problem! What did you finally decide to do? I know that I'd like to know!
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:30 AM   #15
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Hello All,

This post is definitely eye opening for me. Thank you all for your input.

I want to make it clear, though, that when I am getting the chicken fresh, it has no smell. I buy them in bulk 10kg chicken breasts from my poultry supplier and they are very good, but when cooked fresh or thawed and cooked and then eaten instantly.

My trouble begins when I cook it for tomorrow's lunch or dinner, and put it in pyrex container and keep it in the fridge (I'm preparing my meals for work), they have this annoying chicken smell that puts me off, I don't know how to describe it... The only time this hasn't shown is when I killed it with curry powder and spices, and I didn't get to taste any chicken.

I have the same problem when doing the same chicken in a ceaser salad, it is the same smell when tuna touches cucumber... and when I have it at a restaurant, it tastes fine.

I tried soaking in milk over night (which has substantially improved the flavor - Thank you!) but when I tried it the next day, it still had that taste...

I'm going to try the rest of the suggestions one by one. I'm going to poach it next time, I just have one concern about salmonella? No need to boil?

And, I'm not ruling out the supplier, as I will look for another source, but this is something I am determined to figure out.

I do realize that I am extremely picky, and have made my mother's job much tougher, especially with fish, but because I've had really good stuff, I'm sure I can do the same.

I just need to figure out what I am missing.

Kalmen.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:15 AM   #16
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Keep it at a simmer, poach your chicken. Poaching it in a well-flavored liquid helps, like chicken broth with carrots, celery, onion, bay leave, touch of clove.
I know what you mean by the smell, although it's not something I've had trouble with. It's not a bad smell, just a chicken smell. Maybe your chickens are a bit more "gamey" than ours here. Poach the breasts, cool in the liquid as Bert suggested. I find the smell more pronounced when the chicken has dried out a bit, maybe keep it moist in the fridge.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:33 AM   #17
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Kalmen - "poaching" the chicken doesn't mean you end up eating it undercooked. It just means you're cooking the chicken in liquid at a low to medium simmer until it's completely cooked through. You don't want to cook it at a full boil, as your chicken would either end up very tough &/or would disintegrate during cooking.

As far as the smell, since it's not due to the poultry being "off", you a) might just have to realize that this is your own personal quirk & learn to live with it, or b) give up eating cold home-cooked chicken.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:11 PM   #18
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You may be overcooking it.
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:20 PM   #19
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I disagree. How would overcooking it affect the way it smells?
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:26 PM   #20
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I also have this problem with left over chicken, and with eggs that have sat a while. For instance if someone has left egg shells in the sink or the trash I can smell it.

It's a gamey, sort of dairy scent. Imagine if you left a glass of milk on the counter and it came to room temp. smell that and you'll understand. It can be really off putting.
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