Here's my favorite dehydrated chicken meal for backpacking. It's hearty, cheesy, and just spicy enough. My family loves it!
Be sure that you cook the chicken correctly before you dehydrate it!
My first time dehydrating chicken was not a success. I baked some boneless chicken breasts, chopped them up small, and dehydrated them until they were completely dry.
It looked fine, but when it was time to cook it, the chicken just
never got tender. I cooked it for ages, and used up way too much fuel -
but the chicken remained tough and chewy. We ate it, of course, because
when you are backpacking you eat what you have - but I resolved never
again to make dried chicken.
Since then, though, I have learned the secret!
There are two ways to dry chicken so that it will rehydrate easily.
Buy canned chicken or chicken in a foil pouch. Dehydrate on low for approximately 8 hours, or until the chicken is completely dry and crisp.
Pressure cook the chicken before dehydrating it.
Now, I've owned a pressure cooker for years, but I used it mainly for cooking beans from scratch.
Once I learned how easy it is to pressure cook chicken, this became my method of choice for preparing dehydrated chicken.
Here are the complete instructions for pressure cooking chicken.
Once the chicken is cooked, you are ready to prepare your backpacking meal.
The chicken will be light, dry and crispy.
Thinking about buying a dehydrator? This one gets great reviews! It's quiet, easy to use and easy to clean, and even has a 10 year warranty!
Now that you know all about making this delicious dehydrated chicken meal, check out some more great backpacking food ideas.
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