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Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

Is there a quick, easy way to chop up chicken for salad? I baked a whole package of boneless/skinless breasts yesterday and now I'm facing the chore of dicing up that meat. I know I sound lazy. I'm thinking there has to be a quick, efficient way to cut-up this meat. Ideas? Next time, I'll probably use the crockpot and shred it it, but for now... Suggestions?
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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

I suppose you could use a processor, but you would have to only pulse, then remove an amount, then add more and pulse, unless you want completely minced. I prefer a knife.

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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

Just shred the meat with your hands/fingers. Chicken salad is best this way. You get texture and variety. No one wants minced chicken from a food processor.That would be awful. Knives work. Shredding is best. EnjoySmiley Happy

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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

I love chicken salad, but I don't like the texture of cold chicken. Therefore, I don't like chicken salad that has big chunks of chicken. To get a smaller dice, I use a 3-cup electric chopper. I pulse it about 3 times to the consistency I like. Do you have something similar? A Ninja,, e.g.? That said, if you want chunky chicken saldad, you'll get a better result using a knife.
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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

I would just cut it with a knife or break it up with my fingers.You want pieces of chicken not minced up tiny in a food processor.

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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

Grab a good knife, get a cutting board out and get to work. I don't mean to sound like a drill sergeant but it really doesn't take long and you can practice your knife handling skills. You will be done before you know it. Don't bother dirtying up some chopper/dicer contraption. Or shred the meat with your fingers like Skylands suggested.

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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

On 7/6/2014 PinkyPetunia said:

Grab a good knife, get a cutting board out and get to work. I don't mean to sound like a drill sergeant but it really doesn't take long and you can practice your knife handling skills. You will be done before you know it. Don't bother dirtying up some chopper/dicer contraption. Or shred the meat with your fingers like Skylands suggested.

Agreed. I use my good kitchen knife and Boos board every day. I clean them; they are never put away. A good, sharp knife and some skills and the chicken will be diced in less time than it to you to post this and read the replies.

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On 7/6/2014 Skylands said:

Just shred the meat with your hands/fingers. Chicken salad is best this way. You get texture and variety. No one wants minced chicken from a food processor.That would be awful. Knives work. Shredding is best. EnjoySmiley Happy

As I said, if the pulse is used, it will not be minced, it will be chopped, but I always use a knife

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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

Thanks, everyone! I actually just got out the cutting board and used my knife to slice the chicken up and it really didn't take all that long. It's just that I cooked 5 lbs. of chicken breast and the task seemed daunting, but it really wasn't as time consuming as I thought it would be. Job done!
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Re: Easiest way to chop chicken for salad?

Scissors, the fastest way to cut-up meat before and after it is cooked.

I can cut-up celery, carrots etc. in half the time.