Two nights ago my son (he'll be 2 in November) held a big piece of chicken in his mouth for nearly an hour after dinner... during bath time and everything! At first I just ignored it, b/c he was kinda giggling about it thinking it was funny (I DID NOT want him to think it was funny, just b/c it's a choking hazard, so I did not play into it). So, once it was time for bed time he REFUSED to spit it out or swallow it. Every time I put my hand under his mouth and asked him to spit it out he started having a trantrum... so much that he almost choked on it two times. He has milk before bed so I decided to bribe him w/ the milk and explained I would not give it to him until he spit out the chicken. He was not giving in. Eventually I had to just grab him, keep his head up, pry open his mouth (hoping I would not lose a finger!), and sweep out the chicken. Have any of you dealt w/ this with your kids? He's held food in his mouth a few times since, but just a couple minutes or so. It really scared me b/c of the choking hazard, so I'm not sure how I should react again if he does it again.
I actually feel like I have to step in just like you did by taking the chicken as soon as possible. I know some people will say that you may cause some harm by forcing the child to listen but how else would you know that he won't choke. My son is 2 also but he is quick to spit out food that he can not chew. Of course this came after plenty of those tantrums and sometimes having him realize that I would cut up most of the hard foods until he got teeth. My son has been packing his mouth like a chipmunk since he was about 9 months old also.
Yes my kids did that when they were younger also. Here is a hint I learned in one of my trainings for work. Pinch his nose next time it automatically cause him to open his mouthy his way you can get the food out without hurting him by forcing his mouth open. It works of he's a bitter also.
My daughter loves walking around with weird little things in her mouth. Lego bricks are a particular favorite. Usually the stuff she has in there isn't big enough to choke on, so I just leave her be. If it was something that was a choking hazard, I would have tried bribery of some sort. Even resorting to candy if needed. You did what you had to do. Hopefully it's not a new habit :)