Thursday, July 5, 2018

5 Steps to Making the Perfect Roasted Chicken

For many people, the idea of roasting a chicken is very intimidating. You may want to replicate that juicy and well-seasoned chicken roast recipe from your favorite blog or restaurant, but the resulting dry and bland dish is not up to par.
There are a lot of factors that influence the quality of your roast chicken including the cooking temperature, roasting techniques, and seasoning. Understanding how these factors combine to produce a delicious meal is a key part of making a perfect roasted chicken. Is there a way to avoid making common roast chicken blunders?
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It is important to note that the type of oven you use should not be the only consideration. Having a deep understanding of the basics of roasting chicken will help you get the results you desire. You can follow the steps below:
1. Pat it Dry
This is a basic step towards ensuring that your roasted chicken comes out with that elusive but much-desired crispy skin. It ensures that your chicken does not have any excess moisture. Before cooking, pat it dry using some paper towels. By doing this, you reduce the chances of steam developing in your oven, as this is the number one cause of soggy chicken skin.
2. Use Aromatic Herbs
The next step is to season or to marinate your chicken. This depends on your preference as the cook. When you choose to marinate your chicken, ensure that you blend the marinade so that it does not have any chunky lumps. It also ensures the proper mixing of ingredients in the marinade and saves time spent on chopping the herbs.
On the other hand, instead of using fresh herbs, you can use spices to rub it down. Be sure to rub all areas of the chicken to achieve a consistent taste. Some of the most commonly used spice rub or marinade ingredients include rosemary, thyme, garlic, paprika, and oregano. However, they are not limited to this list. It’s all just a matter of preference.
3. Use Butter to Add Flavor
Using butter or olive oil on your chicken is a good way to add more flavor before you start roasting. Rubbing the butter inside the cavity, as well as into and under the skin guarantees that your dish will not be dry. You can also add flavor to your roasted chicken by stuffing the cavity with vegetables and aromatics such as thyme, garlic, and white onions.
To help with the browning and crispiness, add a layer of these aromatics on your roasting pan. This improves airflow by ensuring the chicken does not rest in its own juices. You can also put your chicken on a rack to assist with this.
4. Roasting
When you begin roasting your chicken, it is always a good idea to start with the breast side down. The reason is that it gathers all the juices in the breast meat first. Then when you flip it, the juices are redistributed evenly across the whole chicken. It makes the dish juicier.
Ensure that the heat you use is consistent (between 350°F and 450°F). Using the right heat will cook the whole chicken evenly, giving it a savory golden crust. However, to make sure that you do not undercook it, roast it for approximately 50 to 60 minutes or until its internal temperature ranges between 165°F and 185°F.
5. Let it Rest
After removing your chicken from the oven, give it about 15 minutes to rest. This gives it adequate time to reabsorb the juices expelled during roasting. Allowing the chicken to rest makes it more succulent, moist, and tender. It also gives it time to cool down enough for you to carve your chicken safely.

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