Backpackers and hikers often take along dehydrated foods on their outdoor adventures due to the low mass and weight of dehydrated foods. Dehydration preserves food by eliminating the moisture in it. The food environment is not conducive for the growth of bacteria when moisture is eliminated. Meats, fruits and vegetables can be dehydrated and do not need refrigeration. Chicken can be seasoned as desired and dehydrated in dried or jerky form.

    Step 1

    Cook the chicken as you desire until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Step 2

    Cut the chicken into 1/4-inch-thick strips or cubes. Remove any fat from the chicken and discard.

    Step 3

    Marinate or season the chicken as you desire. Refrigerate the chicken for one to two hours.

    Step 4

    Blot the chicken with a paper towel until the chicken is completely dry. Place the chicken in a shallow or flat baking pan. Do not allow the pieces of chicken to touch each other.

    Step 5

    Dehydrate the chicken in a dehydrator or in your oven. Follow the instructions on your dehydrator and make sure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. For oven dehydration, heat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 F. Leave the oven door cracked open two to three inches. Place a fan in front of the oven door to circulate the dry air.

    Step 6

    Monitor the chicken every 30 minutes. Turn and flip the chicken strips or cubes occasionally if you are cooking in the oven. The cooking time may range from four to five hours, depending on your cooking method. Dehydrated chicken should be dry, not flaky or brittle.

    Step 7

    Allow the chicken to cool completely. Store and package the chicken in an airtight container or bag. Add warm water or chicken broth to the dehydrated chicken when you are ready to eat.

    • Meat thermometer

    • Knife

    • Seasoning

    • Paper towel

    • Flat baking pan

    • Fan

    • Airtight container


    Consume your unrefrigerated dehydrated chicken within two weeks of the drying process to ensure the chicken is free of bacteria. Refrigerate or freeze the dehydrated chicken to extend the storage life.

    Can raw chicken be dehydrated?
    Meats, fruits and vegetables can be dehydrated and do not need refrigeration. Chicken can be seasoned as desired and dehydrated in dried or jerky form. more
    Can I freeze raw chicken?
    If kept frozen continuously, chicken will be safe indefinitely, so after freezing, it's not important if any package dates expire. For best quality, taste and texture, keep whole raw chicken in the freezer up to one year; parts, 9 months; and giblets or ground chicken, 3 to 4 months. more
    Why is my raw chicken purple?
    When meat is fresh and protected from contact with air (such as in vacuum packages), it has the purple-red color that comes from myoglobin, one of the two key pigments responsible for the color of meat. more
    Can you freeze dry raw chicken?
    Meats (raw and cooked) Meat is quite easy to freeze dry. It doesn't take long, and it turns out great. It doesn't matter whether the meat has been cooked or is raw, just place thick or thinly sliced pieces on your trays and let the freeze dryer do the rest. more
    Can humans eat raw chicken?
    Despite whatever reason you may hear, you should never eat raw or “rare” chicken. “Raw chicken can have bacteria that can cause food poisoning,” says DiGeronimo. The most common bacterial food poisoning from chicken include: Campylobacter. more
    Can Frenchies eat raw chicken wings?
    Raw chicken wings for dogs are ideal That's certainly true of cooked chicken bones, but raw chicken bones are rubbery and make ideal food for a dog whose digestive system is perfectly adapted to digesting them. I weaned my last litter of puppies on raw chicken wings at five weeks. more
    Why can't you eat raw chicken but can eat raw beef?
    The reason why you can't eat raw chicken, compared to other types of meat, is because bacteria can easily survive the processing procedure. Salmonella lives in the intestines of chickens and, due to the way the meat is processed, these parts can easily contaminate the rest of the chicken and remain there when sold. more
    Can you dehydrate raw chicken?
    Meats, fruits and vegetables can be dehydrated and do not need refrigeration. Chicken can be seasoned as desired and dehydrated in dried or jerky form. more
    What happens if you put raw chicken next to cooked chicken?
    Never let raw meat, poultry or seafood touch cooked meat or any ready-to-eat foods, as this can cause cross-contamination. Foodborne pathogens from raw meat can easily spread to ready-to-eat foods and cause food poisoning. more
    Does Chipotle cook raw chicken?
    Chicken and steak is still cooked on the grill. Chicken is still in-house marinated. Steak is in-house marinated as well, just comes pre-heated already, and when we throw it on the grill, it's only for 30 seconds each side." In other words, for fresh food at Chipotle, go for the chicken. more
    Can cats eat raw chicken?
    Feeding raw chicken to cats can cause issues, particularly if the chicken isn't fresh. Chicken can carry salmonella, which can make cats very sick. Chicken can also harbor bacteria and potentially upset your cat's digestive system. It's also possible for your cat to ingest small pieces of chicken bones as he eats. more


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