When dealing with raw chicken, a slightly unpleasant scent is expected.
Fresh raw chicken is worse. So we try to get it seasoned and into the pot as soon as possible. Anything to change the scent narrative.
I barely smell the rawness now. My foodie roots include mum sometimes raising and slaughtering chickens to supplement our meat supply. In summary, I’m not put off by fresh cuts or raw meat.
None of that stops me from wanting to get rid of the underlying raw smell though. That’s why this tip is perfect for getting raw chicken from package to pan without the smelliness. When you’re done the chicken usually looks cleaner too. Win, win!
So how do we reduce raw chicken’s unpleasant smell?
-> Lime/Lemon + Salt = Reduced Raw Smell <-
Growing up in Barbados, this was and still is, a standard way to reduce or eliminate the raw smell in chicken and other meats before seasoning or cooking. It’s known as lime and salting. I do this with chicken and pork (though not so much with other meat like beef or lamb anymore).
-> The Process <-
Difficulty level: Easy
You will need: Chicken pieces; 1 lime/lemon; salt
- Step 1: Get your chicken. (If it needs to be thawed, do this first.)
- Optional step: Wash chicken with plain water.
- Step 2: Put it in a bowl or on a plate.
- Step 3: Get a lime or lemon and cut it in half.
- Step 4: Sprinkle salt at will. For these two pieces of chicken I used about a tablespoon of salt.
- Step 5: Squeeze half the lime/lemon over the meat.
- Step 6: Let sit for 5 – 7 mins.
- Optional steps: Work the lime/lemon and salt in with your hands/a utensil OR if you used a bowl, submerge the lime/lemon and salted chicken in water for about five minutes.
- Step 7: Wash all evidence of lime/lemon and salt away with plain water.
To answer your burning question:
No, your meat won’t taste or smell like lemon or lime. You’ll have to season it too, as the salt won’t stay either :). Try my easy steps for seasoning chicken, which work for freezing too :).
You can also check out the Curry & Ginger Baked Chicken recipe I made with these pieces.
Remember to modify steps to suit your needs.
For example: If you’re lime/lemon and salting a whole chicken, you can use one (1) or two (2) whole limes/lemons, and more salt than is mentioned here. You can also substitute white vinegar for lemons/limes.
Have tips for reducing that raw chicken smell?
Comment below :).