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Earlier this week on the Hotline, JessicaHansen shared a troubling phenomenon: the texture of some of the chicken breasts she’s been getting has been a little odd. As she describes it, “When I cut into the chicken I feel resistance (like you would when butchering raw chicken rather than cutting/carving cooked chicken) and there is a strange almost squeaky mouthfeel​.”

SMSF jumped into the discussion to share that it seemed like the issue could be “woody breast,” a muscle abnormality in chicken meat that the National Chicken Council says “causes breast muscle to be hard to the touch, often pale in color with poor quality texture.” The exact cause is not known, though some researchers say “several decades of breeding in favor of heavier, faster-growing birds could be a factor.”

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Funky textures are never fun, but figuring out what might be causing it can provide a little peace of mind. That smart insight was just one of the many reasons why longtime​ Food52er SMSF received this month’s Hotline MVP title. She also...

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