Cooking Chicken 101
Here’s the ultimate cheat sheet to cooking the perfect chicken!
Check out more tips to prepare the best chicken for your family:
Be generous with seasoning.
Spice it up with exotic herbs, freshly-grated peels, chili, rich sauces, vinegar, and more. Chicken is easy and fun to season, because it is one of the most versatile types of food in the world.
Marinate for better flavor.
The longer the marinating time, the richer the flavor of the chicken. You can even marinate it for 24 hours and store it in the refrigerator for better absorption. Kitchen note from Eat Chicken: “Marinade used for raw chicken should never be used on cooked chicken.”
Choose the healthy way to marinate.
If you plan to grill or broil your chicken, go for freshly-squeezed juices or chicken broth instead of oil-based marinades. Less oil is more healthy!
Non-stick skillet is another healthy option.
Fried or sautéed chicken is undeniably delicious, but it can be definitely fattening—especially if you use oil and butter. A better idea is to use a non-stick skillet to avoid the need to cook with oil and butter. Tip: Cut all the fatty parts of the chicken and throw in some spices, onions, peppers to play with the flavor.
Keep the skin.
It’s okay not to eat chicken skin, but keep the skin when you’re baking chicken. It prevents the meat from drying and keeps the juices and flavors intact throughout the cooking process.
Use fork to check the juiciness.
To monitor the doneness of the chicken, use fork to pierce the chicken. Non-colored juice must come out. Pink juice means that it’s still not cooked.
Thaw your chicken properly.
Thaw chicken inside the refrigerator or in cold water—not on the countertop! According to eatchicken.com, it takes a day to thaw a four-pound chicken inside the fridge, while cut-up part takes three to nine hours.
Use salt and sugar to give chicken a good rub.
Like they say, less is more. 1/3 cup of course salt and 1/3 cup of brown sugar make a delicious rub, plus other seasonings. Mix everything inside a well-sealed plastic bag and keep it in the fridge for four to eight hours. Tip: Remove salt and sugar with paper towel to dry chicken breasts before cooking!
Remove chicken pieces while cooking.
Remove chicken pieces that get done easily to avoid overcooking. This rule is applied when frying, grilling, broiling, or sautéing chicken. Note: Breasts and wings cook faster than legs and thighs.
Treasure you leftover chicken pieces.
Leftovers chicken can be used for other recipes like salads, chicken sandwich, chicken pasta, vegetable stew with chicken bits. It’s another way to teach kids not to waste food.
Ready to cook your perfect chicken? Browse through RecipeTV for the best chicken dishes! Happy cooking, Foodies!
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