Can You Slice Chicken With A Mandolin?

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There is a wide range of healthy recipes out there that call for thinly sliced chicken breasts.

And while all it takes is a sharp knife and a cutting board to accomplish this task, there are a lot of cooks out there who look for a quicker and easier way to do this.

After all, it would be a huge help to anyone’s schedule if they were able to save some time in the kitchen.

That’s why a lot of people have asked the question, “can you slice chicken with a mandolin?”.

The answer is yes, you can slice chicken with a mandolin. Mandolins are flexible kitchen tools that can be used to make thin and uniform slices of a variety of ingredients ranging from tough vegetables, all the way to meats such as chicken.

To slice chicken breasts with a mandolin, you would first need to partially freeze the meat, and then carefully run it over the runway of the mandolin to create thin and even slices of meat.

You can choose from a variety of sizes, depending on the type of slicer you have, and some models will even allow you to make slices that are less than 1/2 an inch thick.

In this article, we’ll be explaining in detail how you can do this in a step-by-step guide.

Read on to learn more.

So, Can You Really Do It?

Yes, this is one of the tasks that a mandolin is designed for.

That being said, you will have to use either chicken breasts or chicken fillets to do this, as you don’t want to end up having tiny bone fragments in your thin slices of meat.

You will also have to partially freeze the meat before slicing, as that will make it much easier for the blade to do its job.

That being said, this is not exactly the safest way to slice meat, as most chefs will recommend simply using a sharp knife to do the trick, so make sure that you are comfortable with using the mandolin and also use cutting gloves and the proper safety tools to avoid any unwanted accidents and injuries.

If you have access to a deli slicer with a rotary blade, this tool will do the job much better, but if all you have is a mandolin, just make sure to take extra care when using it and you should be fine.

How To Slice Chicken In A Mandolin

Step One: Prep The Meat

When cooking with chicken, proper preparation is very important to make sure that it is safe and sanitary.

While most people recommended washing and rinsing your chicken before cooking, this actually isn’t recommended as water can actually increase the chances of bacteria spreading.

So to make sure your chicken is safe, all you have to do is look at it, and if the meat is nice and pink, you’re good to go.

And if you plan on slicing chicken breasts thinly for a stir-fry or any other recipe, it’s recommended that you partially freeze the meat first.

This remains true whether you’re using a mandolin, food processor, or a simple chef knife to do the job.

To do this, simply wrap your defrosted chicken breasts and put them in the freezer for 20-25 minutes before slicing.

Or if you’re dealing with frozen meat, move it to the refrigerator overnight so that it will be just the right firmness for slicing the next day.

Ideally, you would want the meat to be firm but not fully frozen, as this will allow the blade to cut through it more cleanly and allow it to hold its shape when being sliced.

Step Two: Stand The Mandolin On A Cutting Board

From there, you have to stand your mandolin on the cutting board.

Make sure that it is sturdy and stable, as you don’t want is slipping while you’re working on the meat.

Step Three: Get Slicing

Once you have a sturdy slicing base, you’re ready to get to work.

Hold the mandolin with your non-dominant hand so that it stays stable and in place when slicing, then hold the chicken breasts with your dominant hand.

From there, slowly slide and run the meatdown the runway of the mandolin, making sure to use long strokes with even pressure while slicing against the grain.

Simply do this until you have enough slices or until you have sliced most of the meat.

Naturally, you will be left with some meat that the mandolin can no longer slice, and if that’s the case, simply get your chef knife to finish the job.

Step Four: Cook!

And once that’s done your meat is ready to be cooked!

Conclusion

And with that, our step-by-step guide has come to an end.

If you want to slice chicken neatly and thinly, your best tool is a chef knife and proper technique.

However, if you want to speed up the process and have experience with a mandolin, you can also use this tool for the job.

Just make sure that you’re using the proper protective equipment and partially freeze your meat beforehand, and you’ll be ready to thinly slice your meat using a mandolin in the comfort of your own chicken!

Last Updated on August 12, 2021

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My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.