Mince meat is an incredibly versatile and budget-friendly ingredient. It is a weeknight staple in most households making dinner prep easier and quicker. As well as beef mince, chicken mince is a delicious and readily available protein to add to your family meals. Chicken mince has a milder flavour and is also lower in fat than beef or lamb minces.
Chicken mince cooking tips
- Always use a non-stick pan for cooking mince. Chicken mince is very lean so you’ll need to use a little oil when cooking to reduce the risk of it being too dry.
- Mince is best cooked in batches. This stops the mince from stewing, turning grey and losing its flavour.
- Keep it hot: too much mince in the pan can over-crowd things, leading to the frying pan losing heat. Get your pan nice and hot before adding the mince in batches. Add a little more oil with each batch if needed.
Storing and freezing chicken mince
- Chicken mince can be stored in your fridge for up to two days. You’ll need to freeze mince if you’re not planning on eating it within 2 days.
- Raw mince should be stored in the coldest part of your fridge, usually at the bottom corner.
- If you’re planning on freezing the mince. Remove it from the store packaging once you are home and place it in a freezer bag or zip lock bag with all the air squeezed out. Try to flatten the mince so it’s a thinner layer. This helps it to freeze faster and then defrost faster. Keep mince in the freezer for up to two months.
Defrosting chicken mince
- In the fridge – allowing time in advance to allow your chicken mince to fully defrost. This can take a full day and night depending on the quantity.
- Defrost chicken mince in the microwave. Place in a microwave save bowl and use the defrost setting on your microwave.
- With water, if your packaging is water-tight. Fully submerge your chicken mince in room temperature water and change every 30 minutes to ensure mince is kept cold
Easy chicken mince recipes to try
Add chicken mince to your shopping trolley and give it a whirl in these easy weeknight dinner recipes.
Get the recipe for the Chicken and Pork Terrine with Egg Centre.
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