Three times now in about two months I have experienced “bizarre” chicken breasts. I usually buy thin sliced Shop Rite’s own and have no problem. Two months ago, they were out and I bought Purdue. While it looked normal and had no odor (was definitely not expired), the consistency was a weird rubbery one. Two weeks ago, same problem but with Tyson. Now tonight, it happened with Shop Rite’s.
I had them on the grill pan forever and they refused to develop grill marks. Instead of browning, they stayed white and released so much moisture that they never grilled. Even after cooked completely, the chewiness was gross and the feel was like rubber.
I read somewhere online that people have been experiencing similar. One explanation was the demand for chicken being so great that they are rushing the chickens and that is affecting the meat. Regardless, has anyone experienced the same?
We do a ton of chicken in my house, and while this is a rare occurrence, I can’t help but be concerned over what manufacturers may be doing.