Canning Chicken

by Kelsey Norwood

in Family,Food

I believe that storing a basic supply of food for a rainy day is a good idea, and so one of my goals this year is to add more home canned stuff to our food storage.
My beautiful, talented, and generous sister-in-law (she’s awesome) gave me a pressure canner for Christmas. I wanted one mostly so I could cook my pinto beans in army sized quantities and I hadn’t really considered all the possibilities of using it to can, but I’m really getting excited about all the things I can add to my home storage now! Starting with…CHICKEN!


Between these three things, I finally succeeded in canning 40 pounds of chicken. I ended up with 17 quarts and 8 pints, and it was really easy.
You have to do chicken in a pressure canner, and the “recipe” is in the instruction manual, but all you do is cut the chicken into pieces, boil until medium done, put in jars, add boiling water or broth, put lids and rings on, and process in the canner for 90 minutes.
We even ate it last week and it was delicious! We had calzones and they were sooo good – I’ll be posting my recipe next week.
What are you going to can this year?

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1 dacia January 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

I borrowed some canned chicken from my mom in law and made gravy with it. It turned out really good! We were staying in their house which is about 45 min from a grocery store and I couldn’t think of anything to make for dinner. We ended up having mashed potatoes with gravy and a few veggies. Ever since then I have always wanted a pressure canner. I hope you enjoy yours!

2 Amy January 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

I also got a canner for Christmas from my Dad :D Last year he and I canned tomatoes and butternut squash. Although, Dad canned a bunch of other stuff for him and Mom. He is retired now and gardening and canning keep him busy in the spring, summer, and into fall. I had been wanting to learn how to can for years and the time finally presented itself. It is so easy to can and it tastes soooo much better than the stuff you buy at the store. I have already been eying seeds for what I will plant and then can later this year. I know for sure that I am going to do some sugar baby pumpkins. They will make great baby food and I love to add them to stew. I am also going to grow and can green beans and some tomatoes. Happy canning!

3 Keri January 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

I also used a pressure canner to process tomatoes from our garden. Tomatoes are such a pain though because there is so much water in them and in the process of canning, the quantity seem to shrink to about 20 % of what you started with. That’s a lot of work for not much yield. So this last year, instead of canning my tomatoes or pasta sauce, I froze it instead. So much easier.

4 Roberta January 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

Wow, didnt ever think about canning chicken. Awsome. I’ve never officially canned yet. My husband makes pickles and wants to learn how to can them so he can make them in bulk. I bought him the jars for Christmas. I’ve been looking into canning other things- just have to get started and I’m sure we’ll enjoy doing it.

5 Deborah January 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I love canning foods for our panty, but have not yet attempted any meats. That is our next project.

6 Camille January 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm

We’ve been canning chicken for the past year or so and it is my favorite food storage item! So quick and convenient and easy to add to meals!

7 Sue D January 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Canned chicken is so convenient for recipes. We actually raise meat chickens for both freezing and canning.

8 brandy January 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

good idea to can chicken. I don’t have a pressure cooker, and I would be scared to eat canned chicken. But It’s a neat idea.

9 Kelsey January 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I also can’t wait to grow things in a garden this year to can. It is so much cheaper and tastes better too!

10 Kelsey January 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I would love to have fresh meat – I’ve heard way too many horror stories about the stuff you buy in the store. Raising chickens was never something I though I would want to do, but the idea is more and more appealing. Good for you!

11 Cristina January 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I was sent this link about canning butter, I thought of you when I recieved it! Enjoy!

12 becca January 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm

We can chicken too but we don’t cook it before. just put the breasts in the bottles (even whole it will shred easily when you use it) and a bit of salt or bullion and cook. I can’t remember the times though! If you looked it up online I bet you can find it.

It’s great for Chicken enchilada’s or chicken salad or we add it to bottled Parmesan sauce for a way fast meal.

13 Camille September 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

When we butcher our chickens we cut off the breasts, legs and thighs and freeze them in bags then I take the carcasses that are left and cook them in water / onions / parsley for a long time. I let it cool and then pick off all the meat that hasn’t already fallen off and can it. It’s mostly tasty broth with about one cup of meat per jar and is great for homeade chicken noodle soup. Canned beef / venison is really good too!

14 Jeanette S. September 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

We also can meat! I just did chicken thighs, but would like to try the boneless/skinless breasts! Just waiting to see if I can get a good deal on the b/s chicken first! I also do the raw meat method. I had first tried with with venison and now will NOT got back to the frozen venison!! We love the canned version!!

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