Mincing Chicken – All the Ways to Do It

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Mincing chicken is a task worth taking up, as minced chicken can be used for a variety of purposes. From meatloaf to tacos, chicken mince is a versatile and lean option to create a variety of meals. Still have questions? We have answers! Join us as we learn about how to make minced chicken and the many ways it can be used.

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Mincing Chicken

Can You Mince Chicken?

You absolutely can mince chicken!

Minced chicken is basically ground chicken and works for many recipes that call for ground meat. Minced chicken is a lean and healthy option, and can be seasoned according to your liking (or even left plain).

Did you know that minced chicken can be made up of whatever cut of chicken you wish? You can even mix different cuts of meat, such as the breast and the thigh, for even juicer and more flavorful chicken mince.

Can I Mince Chicken in a Food Processor?

Chicken can be easily minced in a food processor. In fact, aside from allowing your local butcher to mince it, this is often one of the easiest ways that mincing meat can be done. 

In addition to mincing your meat in a food processor, you can also mince your meat using a blender. Either one is a great way to break apart meat easily without having to deal with sharp knives and continual chopping. 

To mince meat in a food processor, simply select the cut (or cuts) of chicken meat you want and remove the chicken from the bone if there is any. Throw it in a food processor or blender and begin blending. 

For even more detailed instructions on how to mince chicken in a food processor, stay tuned until the end! 

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How to Mince Chicken

In the following sections, we will go into detail about how you can easily mince chicken using several methods: by hand, in a food processor, or in a blender. 

Mincing Chicken With Knife

To mince chicken with a knife, try the following:

  1. Select the cuts of chicken meat you wish to use in your mince.
  2. Once you’ve rinsed the chicken and patted it dry, grab a clean and sharp knife and lay your chicken on a cutting board.
  3. Carefully begin cutting your chicken pieces at a 45-degree angle in ¼-inch slits. Be careful not to cut the meat all the way down.
  4. Next, flip your meat upside down and begin cutting your chicken at a 45-degree angle in ¼-inch slits in the opposite direction. 
  5. Now, flip the meat again and cut it at 90 degrees, about 75% of the way through.
  6. Pile up all of the meat and cut at 90 degrees again.
  7. Finally, pile up the meat and chop it quickly from left to right and back again until you’ve reached the desired fineness of your minced chicken. 
knife for hand minced chicken

Mincing Chicken in Food Processor

To mince chicken in a food processor, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cuts of chicken you wish to use.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.
  3. Place your chicken on a lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is semi-firm. Note: This is only done to make the chicken easier to chop. The goal isn’t for your chicken to become completely frozen.
  4. Once your chicken is semi-firm, slice your chicken cuts into 1-inch chunks. This will make it easier for your food processor to grind the meat.
  5. Use a food processor to grind the meat until it reaches the desired consistency. 
Cuisinart FP-8SVP1 Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor, Silver

Mincing Chicken in Blender

To mince chicken in a blender, do the following:

  1. Select the cuts of chicken you wish to use.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.
  3. Place your chicken on a lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is semi-firm. Note: Remember, this is only done to make the chicken easier to chop. The goal isn’t for your chicken to become completely frozen.
  4. Once your chicken is semi-firm, slice your chicken cuts into 1-inch chunks. This will make it easier for your food processor to grind the meat.
  5. Use a high-powered blender such as a Ninja or Vitamix to grind the meat until it reaches the desired consistency. 
Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 48 oz. Container, Black

How Do You Mince a Whole Chicken?

Mincing a whole chicken is a fairly easy process. How long it will take will depend on your method of mincing. However, it can absolutely be done, even without a meat mincer. 

To mince a whole chicken, you’ll want to first separate the meat from the bone. Make sure you aren’t getting any bone or gristle in your separated meat as this will end up in your chicken mince and become potentially hazardous and unappetizing. 

Once all of the meat is carefully removed from the bone, you’ll want to choose your method of mincing.

The following are the most popular ways to mince a chicken:

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What Are the Benefits of Mincing Your Own Chicken

There are several advantages to grinding your own meat.

Whether you choose to use a meat grinder, a blender, a food processor, or your own hands, there are definite benefits to chopping your own chicken mince. 

Consider the following reasons to do your own mincing at home:

It’s More Affordable

Meat processing often comes with a price tag, but when you do it yourself at home, the cost is minimal. At most, you’ll have to buy a pair of good sharp knives or you may have the one-time fee of purchasing a meat grinder. Even then, you don’t necessarily need a meat grinder to grind your own meat.

Remember that you can also use a food processor or blender to get the job done just as well! 

You’ll Get More Meat

Buying meat at the store and allowing your butcher to grind the meat for you is a great idea. However, you’ll get less meat this way than if you grind your own chicken yourself.

This is especially true if you have your own chickens (or any other kind of meat) that you slaughter yourself.

Mincing your own meat ensures you get all the meat off of the bone to be ground and stored in the freezer practically for free! 

You Can Control What Goes in It

Though most ground meat probably won’t have fillers in it, you can still get bone, gristle, and other surprises in the mix sometimes.

By mincing your own meat at home, this is much less likely to happen, especially if you are diligent and careful when separating your meat. 

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FAQ

How Do I Mince Chicken Without a Mincer?

Mincing chicken without a mincer can easily be done using a variety of methods. You can use a knife, a blender or a food processor, to name a few.

How is mince chicken made?

Minced chicken is made by putting chicken meat into a mincer. Without a mincer, there are other ways to get minced chicken meat, though, as mentioned in this post.

Mincing Chicken At Home: It’s Easier Than You Think!

While you might think that grinding or mincing your own chicken would be a difficult job, the truth is that most people can mince their own chicken at home using tools they’ve likely already got on hand. From food processors to simple knives, there are a variety of ways you can mince your own chicken easily without breaking the bank.

We hope you’re now a little more knowledgeable about chicken chopping than you used to be. Happy mincing!

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By Anna

Hey, I’m Anna; writer, editor and amateur cook extraordinaire! Food has been my life and my passion for the most of my life – it’s crazy to think I didn’t pursue a career in cooking. I’m obsessed! However, keeping cooking as an obsessive hobby has worked for me – my passion grows as the years pass by – maybe I wouldn’t say the same if it was also my day job! I hope you find cooking inspiration, entertainment and “stop and think interesting tid-bits” throughout my writing – and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got anything you want to share. Food feeds the soul – so get eating!

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