Last night I made some chicken. It was a store-bought pack of pre-marinated chicken breasts, I made them in a pan per the instructions on the label, and I cook everything in a pan anyway which is why I bought them.
I have cooked so much chicken that way.
The chicken came out really good, juicy and all that. It was cut a little thinner so it cooked through really easily.
All good, except for one piece. It was maybe a little thinner than others? Basically if the others were cooked through, there was no way that wouldn't have cooked through, and as far as I could tell it was completely cooked, maybe to the point of being a little dry. Made sense. It maybe felt a little strange to cut through? I dunno, by the time they were off the pan I just wanted to cut them up and get them out. I ended up with that piece and another. The other piece was great. When I cut into this piece, it was thin, maybe felt a little dry? Maybe a little tough? It tasted fine?
But the texture.
I'm having trouble putting the texture into words. It's not that it was dry, I am familiar with dry chicken. It didn't tear when I bit into it.. it was almost like my teeth were just pushing the fibers around instead of cutting through them. I know
it was cooked. It looked cooked, there was no possible way it wasn't, it wasn't pink at all, or slimy. But it felt so bad to eat I didn't make it through more than about a third of a piece that was pretty small to begin with. People talk about not being able to get a bad taste out of their mouth, I couldn't get the texture
out. It was awful.
My question is, wtf was wrong with this chicken? It looked fine, it tasted fine, the rest of the chicken in the pack was fine, it looked the same as the rest before and after cooking, it was well ahead of its sell by date, but I don't remember the last time I was that miserable trying to get through a piece of chicken that tasted pretty decent.