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How to cook and freeze chicken mince

Learn how to freeze and defrost chicken mince, how to know when chicken mince is cooked and get delicious chicken mince recipes. Once you know how to use chicken mince, try some of these easy recipes for satisfying and healthy meals.

 

How to cook and freeze chicken mince

Mince meat is an incredibly versatile and budget-friendly ingredient. It's easy and quick to cook a meal using chicken mince, making it a weeknight dinner staple in many households. Much like 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, which makes it a great choice.
 

How to cook chicken mince

  • Use a non-stick pan: Chicken mince is very lean, using a non-stick pan will ensure it doesn't stick and burn. Also add a little oil when cooking to reduce the risk of the mince turning out dry.
     
  • Cook mince in small batches: This stops the mince from stewing or steaming. If this happens, your mince may look grey and be less flavourful.
     
  • Keep it hot: Too much mince in the pan can cause it to lose heat. Get your pan nice and hot before adding the mince in batches. Add a little more oil with each batch if needed.
     
  • Break it up: Depending on the recipe, as your mince cooks you can break up the pieces with your cooking utensil. This ensures even cooking.
     

How to tell when chicken mince is cooked

The best way to check chicken is cooked is by using a thermometer to check the temperature has reached 75°C. If you don't have a thermometer, ensure the mince has been simmering on the heat (it should be bubbling gently) for at least 15 minutes. Chicken mince will look opaque and have no pink colouration left when fully cooked. The texture will be more crumbly and tender to the bite. Break up any large pieces of mince to ensure it is cooked through. If you are cooking a recipe like chicken meatballs, use a thermometer to check the temperature, or cut open a meatball to check it is cooked through.
 

How to freeze chicken mince

Fresh chicken mince can be stored in the fridge for about two days, it's best check the use-by date. Freeze it using these steps if you don't plan on eating it within two days before then:

  1. Remove it from the store packaging and place it in a freezer bag or zip lock bag, squeezing out excess air.
     
  2. Flatten the mince into a thinner layer, this will help it to freeze and eventually defrost more quickly.
     
  3. Label and date the package.
     
  4. Keep mince in the freezer for up to two months.
     

How to defrost chicken mince

There are a few ways to defrost chicken mince.
 
  1. In the fridge: Leave the chicken mince in its packaging, placing a plate or container underneath to catch any liquid. Allow plenty of time to completely defrost, depending on the quantity it may take a full day and night.
     
  2. With water: Only if your packaging is water-tight. Fully submerge your chicken mince in room temperature water, changing water every 30 minutes until defrosted. This is not as effective if your mince is frozen in packaging with large air pockets, such as supermarket trays.
     
  3. In the microwave: If you're short on time, this is the quickest way to defrost. Place chicken mince in a microwave safe bowl and use the defrost setting on your microwave.
     

Easy chicken mince recipes

Try out some of the delicious chicken mince recipes below! Recipes like the tacos and meatballs are great for beginners, and recipes like the terrine are great for more experienced cooks (or a novice who is up for a fun project!).

GET THE RECIPE:  Mexican Chicken Empanadas

Quick Chicken, Spinach and Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Chicken Scotch Eggs

Chicken and pork terrine with egg centre

Chicken and Mushroom Ravioli with Simple Tomato Sauce

Chestnut and chicken meatballs

Sweet Potato, Chicken and Couscous Nuggets

Chicken Meatloaf Wrapped in Streaky Bacon

Thai Chicken Pie With Rice Crust

Chicken and Mushroom Nachos

Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pies

Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne

Chicken and sun-dried tomato meatballs with creamy mustard sauce