I was wary of canned chicken for a long time. It just looks awful. Really awful. I didn't see the value of taking something I was perfectly comfortable with -frozen chicken- and turning it into something so scary and unusable. Then, my freezer became full. And I found a great deal on chicken. A big box of chicken. So, my mother and I pulled out the pressure canners and went to work. When we were done, we had a bunch of nasty looking jars. Usually, a bunch of full jars is a source of joy for me, but not this time. I thought the money spent on that chicken was a waste. I could never bring myself to use it and my husband would not be able to swallow it. He's a texture guy, you know.
Then I tried thinking of recipes that could use the chicken, since I hate to waste so much food. I came up with chicken enchiladas. I figured the chicken is so covered up in there, it might just work. So, while my husband wasn't watching, I opened a can and chopped up the chicken inside, which is very similar to tuna in feel and texture. I made the enchiladas and watched to see if he would spit it out on the first bite.
He didn't. He ate a few helpings and then complimented me on how good the enchiladas were that night. Hmmm. Not what I expected at all. I was amazed actually at how good they were too.
So that gave me courage to try more recipes. Chicken chili is good, as well as a chicken tortilla soup that we like. I'm going to try a chicken salad soon and see how that works out, but I don't often make that, so we won't have much to compare against. Really, anything that takes cooked, cut up chicken would probably work great with canned chicken.
I never thought I would admit that I like canned chicken, and you certainly won't see me eating it straight out of the jar. (shudder) But, I like that it is already cooked and ready to go, and I love that it isn't taking up valuable freezer space.
Hopefully tomorrow I can type out a few of these recipes, but not tonight. I have to go put away that chicken chili we ate for dinner.