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How To Dry Chicken

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Dry Chicken How to dry chicken? This is a question that might set you thinking. Why would you dry it in the first place? Well, it has its uses especially when you are located in a place where chicken meat is rare. While such a scenario may not be common nowadays, you can certainly feel up to a snack of delicious chicken jerky at times that can only be made by drying chicken. Check out the steps below and learn to make your own brand of dry chicken that might just turn your neighbors green with envy.


How To Dry Chicken

  1. It’s always best to buy a whole chicken so that you can cut it into desired size. Place it in the freezer half an hour prior to slicing, so that it remains firm making it easier for you to slice it.

  2. Take a container and mix lemon juice, garlic powder, and some black pepper thoroughly. You can also add some soy sauce to the mixture if you fancy flavorful dried chicken.

  3. Slice the chicken into thin strips measuring ¼ inches to 1/8 inches and be extra careful in trimming the fat completely from the chicken as the presence of fat may cause the chicken to rot before too long.

  4. Coat it evenly with the marinade that you have prepared so carefully and place in refrigerator for an hour. You also need to turn over the chicken strips within the marinade once in a while to facilitate the marination.

  5. Place the strips on a rack and place in an oven that has been set to the lowest temperature. You can also use a dehydrator for the actual drying.

  6. The process will take about 3 hours to complete. Allow the strips to cool completely and store within airtight containers, placing them in the refrigerator.

  7. The chicken will be free of bacterial contamination and other factors that cause spoilage for about three weeks.


Handy Tips

  • The strips need to be cut evenly and be completely free of fat in order to dry uniformly.

  • The moisture must be allowed to escape from the oven which is possible in a convection type. Improvise if you are using other methods for drying.

  • It is advisable not to re-use the marinade that you have coated the chicken with. This helps to prevent contamination.

  • You can also dry the chicken by brining. Be prepared to get rid of extra salt during consumption in such cases.


Be sure to experiment with the marinade. You can certainly have fun while learning how to dry chicken even as you master a completely new technique to store chicken.


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