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Tips For Cooking Chicken In The Oven

Tips For Cooking Chicken In The Oven

Oven-baked whole chicken is budget-friendly and an impressive party dish that requires very little work. You could serve baked chicken for a reception dinner choice or at an engagement or bridal shower party. It is also a good all-purpose dish for both bridal partners to know once they enter married life. Follow these simple tips and your oven-cooked chicken will turn out perfectly every time.

*Prepare
If the chicken is frozen, thaw under cool running water for several hours, or ideally, thaw in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. On cooking day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and take the chicken out of the fridge. Place in the sink. Remove any wrappings and reach inside the cavity to pull out the neck, heart, and other organs that may be there. Wash all under cool running water and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken on a plate and clean your hands and work surfaces immediately. Rub whole chicken with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and season with one of these combinations: poultry seasoning and black pepper; paprika, salt, and pepper; lemon-pepper seasoning and salt; oregano, basil, and garlic; rosemary and tarragon; or any seasoning blend you like.

*Bake
For beer-can chicken:
Open a fresh can of beer and drink (or pour out) about 3/4 of it. Holding the chicken in one hand, angle it slightly and ease the beer can into the chicken’s cavity. Carefully stand the chicken up so that it is supported and upright on top of the can. Put can and chicken, standing up, onto a roasting pan or cast-iron skillet. Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours.

For roast chicken:
Cut up potatoes, carrots, and onions into 1-inch cubes. Place in the bottom of a roasting pan. Place chicken, breast-side up, on top of the bed of vegetables. Roast 1.5 to 2 hours.

For baked chicken:
Place chicken, breast side down, into a roasting pan. Bake in 350* oven for 60 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn the chicken breast side up and place back in the oven for at least 30 more minutes. This method will help the breast remain moist and tender.

*Test
For all methods, the chicken is done when the chicken registers 165 degrees on an internal meat thermometer at the deepest part of the breast and in the leg near the bone.

*Finish
Remove chicken (and vegetables, if using) from roasting pan, and pour off all but 3 tablespoons of juices. Put roasting pan or cast-iron skillet on your stove and heat over medium-high heat. Pour 2 cups of wine, chicken broth, or water into pan and deglaze. Scrape bits of chicken off the bottom and sides of pan and season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the sauce at a simmer until it has reduced by at least half. Serve over chicken. Enjoy!

This method may take a little time to master, but once you’ve run through it a few times you will have mastered an easy method of cooking. Chicken may also be roasted in a crock pot or baked in a casserole, but there is nothing juicier and more flavorful than a chicken roasted the old-fashioned way in the oven.

Mexican Chicken Tacos

Mexican Chicken Tacos

Everyone loves a crisp taco filled with chicken and a variety of fresh veggies and other ingredients. The chicken taco is just one of the many Mexican dishes that has fans from all over the world. Tacos are now so common in international cuisine that most people have forgotten its country of origin, Mexico. A taco is nothing but a tortilla wrapped around a filling. Mexicans have been making corn tortillas for centuries now; inhabitants of the lake region of Valley of Mexico are known to have eaten tortillas wrapped around small fish – the first version of tacos. People in certain other regions in Mexico were far more adventurous and had tacos filled with ants and other insects and snails!

Now, tacos have become as much a part of the American scene as it is in Mexico. You can see taco trucks just about anywhere in the US. The snack has such a strong pull that in US and Mexico, you could locate a taco truck with your nose; these makeshift taco stalls are busy till almost midnight at times. Every country has its own version of the Mexican recipe and the ingredients are altered to suit the local tastes;

You don’t have to go in search of a taco stall every time you yearn for the snack; it’s easy to make this dish at home. So if you’re planning a special evening with loved ones, this would be the perfect snack to make to impress them and to have a great time. Here’s the recipe to make your own chicken tacos at home.

Keep these ingredients ready –

* Whole chicken breasts -6 (remove skin and bones and cut into two)

* Jalapeno Chile Pepper – 1

* Chicken broth – 4 cups

* Dried oregano leaves (crushed) – ½ tsp

* Minced garlic – 2 cloves

* Taco sauce – ¼ cup

* Fresh lime juice – 2 tbsp

* Tortillas or taco shells – 24

* Shredded lettuce – 1

* Plum tomatoes – 5 (cut into cubes)

* Sour cream – 2 cups

* Chopped fresh cilantro – 1 cup

How to proceed –

* Remove the fat from the chicken breasts. Wash the chicken pieces thoroughly and dry with paper towels.

* Take a heavy pan and boil chicken stock with chili pepper, crushed garlic and oregano leaves. When it starts boiling, simmer and mix in the chicken. Let it remain uncovered over low flame for at least ten minutes.

* When the chicken is opaque, turn off the heat and let it cool for about fifteen minutes. Take the chicken out and shred it.

* In a bowl, blend together lime juice and taco sauce. Pour this mixture over the shredded chicken and mix it well.

* Transfer this to a serving bowl and keep it covered with foil to stay warm.

* Heat the tortillas or taco shells and keep them covered in a serving plate.

* To fill the shells, first spoon out the prepared chicken, then layer it with ice lettuce and top up with plum tomatoes and cilantro.

Chicken tacos are ideally served with a Spanish rice and refried beans.

Tips for Cooking Chicken in the Oven

Tips for Cooking Chicken in the Oven

Oven-baked whole chicken is budget-friendly and an impressive party dish that requires very little work.  You could serve baked chicken for a reception dinner choice or at an engagement or bridal shower party.  It is also a good all-purpose dish for both bridal partners to know once they enter married life.  Follow these simple tips and your oven-cooked chicken will turn out perfectly every time.

 

*Prepare

If the chicken is frozen, thaw under cool running water for several hours, or ideally, thaw in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  On cooking day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and take the chicken out of the fridge.  Place in the sink.  Remove any wrappings and reach inside the cavity to pull out the neck, heart, and other organs that may be there.  Wash all under cool running water and pat dry with paper towels.  Place chicken on a plate and clean your hands and work surfaces immediately.  Rub whole chicken with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and season with one of these combinations:  poultry seasoning and black pepper; paprika, salt, and pepper; lemon-pepper seasoning and salt; oregano, basil, and garlic; rosemary and tarragon; or any seasoning blend you like.

 

*Bake

For beer-can chicken:

Open a fresh can of beer and drink (or pour out) about 3/4 of it. Holding the chicken in one hand, angle it slightly and ease the beer can into the chicken’s cavity.  Carefully stand the chicken up so that it is supported and upright on top of the can.  Put can and chicken, standing up, onto a roasting pan or cast-iron skillet.  Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours.

 

For roast chicken:

Cut up potatoes, carrots, and onions into 1-inch cubes.  Place in the bottom of a roasting pan.  Place chicken, breast-side up, on top of the bed of vegetables.  Roast 1.5 to 2 hours.

 

For baked chicken:

Place chicken, breast side down, into a roasting pan.  Bake in 350* oven for 60 minutes.  Remove from oven and carefully turn the chicken breast side up and place back in the oven for at least 30 more minutes.  This method will help the breast remain moist and tender.

 

*Test

For all methods, the chicken is done when the chicken registers 165 degrees on an internal meat thermometer at the deepest part of the breast and in the leg near the bone.

 

*Finish

Remove chicken (and vegetables, if using) from roasting pan, and pour off all but 3 tablespoons of juices.  Put roasting pan or cast-iron skillet on your stove and heat over medium-high heat.  Pour 2 cups of wine, chicken broth, or water into pan and deglaze.  Scrape bits of chicken off the bottom and sides of pan and season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook the sauce at a simmer until it has reduced by at least half.  Serve over chicken.  Enjoy!

 

This method may take a little time to master, but once you’ve run through it a few times you will have mastered an easy method of cooking.  Chicken may also be roasted in a crock pot or baked in a casserole, but there is nothing juicier and more flavorful than a chicken roasted the old-fashioned way in the oven.

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