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Old 03-31-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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AC ruining chicken breasts?

Hi everyone,

Wanted to ask you a question about a problem I've been having recently. Every night I cook two chicken breasts for dinner on my George Forman Grill. The chicken is Kirkland brand individually wrapped boneless skinless breasts which I get from Costco. I usually put two in the fridge each night and let them thaw for 24 hours. I prepare them with this:

2 large (8 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Olive oil cooking spray, or 2 teaspoons olive oil
teaspoon kosher salt
teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon onion powder
teaspoon dried oregano
teaspoon paprika

I preheat the George Forman grill, spray some oil on it, then put the chickens on for 3-6 minutes.

Recently though I've noticed the chicken is coming out soggy. It's hard to explain, it's cooked but the texture doesn't feel right.

I noticed this happens every year when the weather gets warm outside and the AC starts to turn on. I initially thought the problem was the chickens weren't thawed enough so I've been putting them in the microwave to defrost a little and I think this helps a little. But still, the chicken is not satisfactory tasting at all and is still a bit soggy.

Does anyone know why this is happening or what is causing it? As I said, it seems to happen when my AC starts to run.

Not sure what to do, any help is appreciated thanks!

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Old 03-31-2015, 09:21 AM   #2
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...Recently though I've noticed the chicken is coming out soggy. It's hard to explain, it's cooked but the texture doesn't feel right.

I noticed this happens every year when the weather gets warm outside and the AC starts to turn on. I initially thought the problem was the chickens weren't thawed enough so I've been putting them in the microwave to defrost a little and I think this helps a little. But still, the chicken is not satisfactory tasting at all and is still a bit soggy.

Does anyone know why this is happening or what is causing it? As I said, it seems to happen when my AC starts to run.

Not sure what to do, any help is appreciated thanks!
I don't think there's anything wrong with your recipe or process. I also don't think the AC is an issue.

Maybe they're just cooked a little less and they didn't dry out. In theory, juicy chicken is a good thing.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:54 AM   #3
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AC ruining chicken breasts?

I think it may depend on the solution your chicken is processed in. A lot of times, the package might state,"May contain (whatever) solution of broth" or something like that. I've found that has a tendency to make my chicken mushy. Nothing to do with AC.

I haven't bought chicken breasts from Costco, just an observation of other brands.

I'd pat them as dry as you can with paper towels, that might take away some of the moisture, or try a different brand, and see if that works better.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:38 AM   #4
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I'm wondering if defrosting them in the microwave is the problem. Although it is convenient, I notice a difference in meat that is defrosted in the microwave rather than naturally. I don't go to Costco, but I think Kirkland is the same brand carried at Aldis. I also notice a different if I do not pat my chicken dry, as Dawglover suggested.

Also, I have never cooked chicken in a G Foreman grill. Does yours have a temperature control? If not, maybe the outside is getting done before the inside.
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I would get out a saute pan and use that instead of the grill. Maybe try and see if it makes a difference.

I gotta ask. How can you eat chicken breast every night and day?
My wifes says I'm going to turn into a chicken because I eat so much of it. lol
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:21 AM   #6
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I'm wondering if defrosting them in the microwave is the problem. Although it is convenient, I notice a difference in meat that is defrosted in the microwave rather than naturally. I don't go to Costco, but I think Kirkland is the same brand carried at Aldis. I also notice a different if I do not pat my chicken dry, as Dawglover suggested.

Also, I have never cooked chicken in a G Foreman grill. Does yours have a temperature control? If not, maybe the outside is getting done before the inside.
He said that they are worse when he doesn't give them a little shot in the microwave.
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:26 AM   #7
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I don't think there's anything wrong with your recipe or process. I also don't think the AC is an issue.

Maybe they're just cooked a little less and they didn't dry out. In theory, juicy chicken is a good thing.
If you tasted them I think you'd agree something was up.
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I think it may depend on the solution your chicken is processed in. A lot of times, the package might state,"May contain (whatever) solution of broth" or something like that. I've found that has a tendency to make my chicken mushy. Nothing to do with AC.

I haven't bought chicken breasts from Costco, just an observation of other brands.

I'd pat them as dry as you can with paper towels, that might take away some of the moisture, or try a different brand, and see if that works better.
You;'re right they are enhanced with up to 8% solution of kosher salt and water. Believe though in the past I have tried different brands and still get the same result at this time of year. It's so strange.
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I would get out a saute pan and use that instead of the grill. Maybe try and see if it makes a difference.

I gotta ask. How can you eat chicken breast every night and day?
My wifes says I'm going to turn into a chicken because I eat so much of it. lol
I kind of force myself to because I'm trying to eat healthier. I probably am part chicken by now too
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He said that they are worse when he doesn't give them a little shot in the microwave.
Yeah I mean I still defrost in the fridge but it seems when I pull them out they might be a tiny bit frozen so I do a little in the microwave. But I agree, I usually avoid defrosting in the microwave because I don't like the effect it has.
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