Have you ever ground your own chicken? I started doing it a couple years ago now, and I have already noticed a significant savings on my grocery bill. Now, I just buy a breast and a couple thighs, where as before I was spending $7 for a pound of ground chicken. If you've never ground your own meat before, it's really easy to do, and you don't need all sorts of fancy equipment either. What I really like about grinding my own chicken is that I can control the amount I make, and the freshness.
What You Need To Make Grind Your Own Chicken
- sharp knife
- baking sheet lined with parchment
- food processor
boneless, skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
Use whatever boneless chicken you have on hand. Chicken breast, of will be a lot leaner than using chicken thighs. I was able to make 20 meatballs with only one chicken breast. I like to use a combination of 1 chicken breast to 2 chicken thighs.
How To Grind Your Own Chicken
Cut chicken into 1/2" pieces. By cutting the chicken into small even sized pieces allows for easier, quicker more even grinding.
Partially freeze the chicken cubes. Place chicken cubes on your prepared baking sheet, and freeze in a single layer for 15-20 minutes depending on how much chicken you have. The chicken should be firm around the edges, and still a little soft in the middle. Using partially frozen chicken will help the food processor cut and "grind" the chicken instead of mashing and smashing it into a paste.
Working in batches, grind the chicken. Fill food processor about 1/3 of the way with partially frozen, chicken and pulse for about 10 seconds or until the chicken looks coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl, and continue with remaining chicken.
Check meat and use immediately, or freeze for later use. Check through ground chicken for larger chunks. If there are any chunks, transfer them back to the food processor and process until ground. I usually just make whatever I am using for a single recipe, but if you find a good bargain on chicken, make and freeze your own ground chicken for later use.
*I ground the chicken for this photo after making some chicken nuggets with veggies, so the green is a little extra zucchini left in the bowl*