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How to Grind Chicken in a Food Processor

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  • Author: Jenna
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Easy
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American


If a recipe calls for ground chicken that is ground and you only have chicken breasts you're in luck. You can grind it in a food processor. Of course, you can always just buy the meat already ground up in the store but this is a quick hack or tip to do to save a quick trip to the store. 


  • 2 to 3 medium sized chicken breasts, cut into to large chunks
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. When it comes to grinding chicken, you want to use the right cut of meat. Chicken thighs are generally the best option, as they have a higher fat content than chicken breasts, which makes for a more flavorful and moist ground chicken. However, if you prefer leaner meat, you can use chicken breasts instead.
  2. Before you start grinding the chicken, you need to cut it into small pieces. This will make it easier for the food processor to grind the meat evenly. Cut the chicken into pieces that are about 1 inch in size. You can also remove any excess fat or gristle from the chicken at this point.
  3. Chilling the chicken before grinding it can help to keep the meat from getting too warm and becoming mushy. Place the chicken in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes before grinding it.
  4. It's important to not overload the food processor when grinding the chicken. You should grind the chicken in batches, putting about 1/3 to 1/2 of the chicken in the food processor at a time. This will ensure that the chicken is ground evenly and that the food processor doesn't get clogged with too much meat.
  5. When grinding the chicken, you want to pulse the food processor instead of running it continuously. Pulse the food processor for about 10-15 seconds at a time, and then check the consistency of the ground chicken. You want the chicken to be evenly ground, but not too fine or mushy.