(Let's go ahead and get the 12-year old giggling out of the way because of the overuse of the word "pounding" in this post.)
I've been making several recipes lately that require pounding chicken into thinner chicken. It's not usually something I think about a lot, but since I've been doing it a lot, I have been thinking that I need a kitchen tool that is actually made for this. For the last 9 years (I didn't start cooking till I got married) I have been using the side of an old school meat tenderizer, like this:
It works fine, but sometimes the pointy part tears up the chicken if I'm not super careful, and it's quite the arm workout since it's such a small tool. So I think I need something new. What should I get?
This one looks a lot like a spatula, but the wider head would work better than my current tool.
(Photo from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.)
This might work just as well as anything. Although maybe it wouldn't hold up to lots of pounding?
(Photo from Crate and Barrel.)
I really, really like this one. And we all know that I adore PC products.
(Photo from Pampered Chef.)
Or maybe this one? It also looks like a spatula, but less so since it's rounded.
Maybe I should just call it a wash and head to a home improvement store for a rubber mallet?
What do you think I should get to pound chicken?