The Canned Chicken Recipe Roundup is showcasing all our favorite recipes using canned chicken breast. Canned Chicken is a great pantry staple to keep on hand. It stays at optimal freshness for years and does not require refrigeration so it’s ready when you need to cook dinner.
Redeeming Qualities of Canned Chicken
A lot of people turn their noses up at the thought of using canned chicken breast.
And, of course, if you have the time, money, and storage space for fresh chicken then go right ahead.
But canned chicken has plenty of redeeming qualities that make it a pantry staple at our house.
- Long-lasting – Canned chicken will stay at optimal quality levels for 2-3 years
- Requires no refrigeration – Canned chicken does not need to be refrigerated or frozen to maintain freshness
- Ready when you are – Since canned chicken is pre-cooked, you don’t have to wait for it to thaw or cook before using it.
- Quality – Some brands contain high-quality white meat chicken breast, no funny fillers *see below
- Great for Emergencies – Since the chicken is fully cooked, this is one protein that can be kept on hand and eaten straight out of the can in emergencies
One key to success is to remember to drain the can of chicken well before using it in most recipes.
Check the recipes for specific instructions, but 9 times out of 10 the canned chicken should be drained before using.
Tyson Brand for the Win
I highly recommend the Tyson brand Chunk White Chicken Breasts in the can.
This brand never has any weird bits in the can or a funky smell like some other brands.
I stock up on the 12-ounce cans of the Tyson Chicken Breast for all sorts of recipes.
It’s perfect when you need a quick meal and you didn’t think to defrost some chicken from the freezer.
A Personal Favorite
My son’s personal favorite is the Chicken and Rice stovetop meal that is on this Roundup list.
It comes together in under 30 minutes so it’s perfect for those nights where we’re scrambling to get to practices or meetings.
The simple recipe includes all his favorite ingredients, such as chicken, white rice, cheese, and sour cream.
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