How To Cook Chicken


How To Cook Chicken In The Oven   by Musarrat Sheikh

in Other    (submitted 2011-02-24)

In case you happen to hold an unplanned party and require to feed your guests, go for oven cooked chicken as it is very pocket friendly. The oven cooked chicken can be prepared very fast as it requires little preparation. The baked chicken is ideal for bridal shower parties, engagement parties or reception dinners. Anyone intending to get married in the near future should learn how to cook chicken in oven so that they enjoy their married life as much as possible. The following instructions will arm you with a few tricks on how to cook chicken using an oven and you will be glad you went through them.

Preparations of the chicken vary depending on the state that the chicken is in. Chicken that has been frozen cannot be prepared in a similar way with that one that has just been slaughtered. Frozen chicken will have to be thawed first under some cool running water for a number of hours or just transfer the chicken from the freezer to the lower parts of the refrigerator so that it thaws slowly over a period of 24 hours. When you are ready to embark on the cooking part, remove the now thawed out chicken from the fridge or under the running water and place it on the sink. The oven should by now be attaining 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get rid of any wrappings that may be on the chicken and then remove the heart, neck and other organs that may be in the cavity of the chicken.

Wash the chicken thoroughly under running water and then pat it dry with some paper towels. Take a plate and place the clean chicken on it and then clean up your hands and the surface that you have been working on with some soap and water. The chicken is then rubbed with some 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil and any of the following seasoning combinations: lemon pepper seasoning and salt; salt, paprika and pepper; poultry seasoning and black pepper; rosemary and tarragon; oregano, garlic and basil; or any other seasoning blend that you like. Take a roasting pan and place the chicken on it ensuring that the breast side is down. Bake the chicken in the oven for some 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove it from the oven and place it the other side up and continue with the baking process for? an hour or more. This will ensure that the breast remains tender and moist. In order to be sure that the meat is well cooked, we use an internal meat thermometer that has to clock 165 degrees at the breasts deepest part.

This method of chicken preparation might take some time before you fully learn it, but once you do, it will all be very easy. You might also want to use the casserole baking or crock pot roasting method of cooking chicken.Italians are synonymous with a type of chicken dish referred to as chicken tetrazzini.This chicken specialty has to be baked although it is baked together with some cheese and spaghetti.