Chicken / How to cook chicken in oven
Baking chicken in the oven is an easy and very rewarding task.
Chicken dinner made by cooking a whole chicken has several advantages.
The preparation time for the chicken is approximately 10 minutes
with a cooking time average of approximately 1 1/4 hour. This
gives you time to make side dishes or a salad. Chicken is high
in protein and low in calorie and fat as well as being possibly
the most versatile of the available meats.
You can bake a whole chicken and season it any way you like, although
we prefer using Knox's Dry Rubs
Leave the skin on during cooking to retain the natural succulence
of the chicken meat and to prevent dry or tough cooked chicken,
even if you decide to throw it away after chicken has cooked.
How to cook chicken in oven: Basically
• 1 chicken, whole, 2.5 to 5 lbs.
• Olive oil, butter or vegetable oil
• Knox's Yummy Chicken Dry Rub Seasoning
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
After cleaning the chicken under tap water, dry and rub with
oil. Thoroughly rub inside and out with Knox'sYummy Chicken dry rub or your seasoning of choice.
Place a whole chicken in a roasting pan. You can use an oven proof
pan you already have or purchase an aluminum pan at your local
Cook the chicken for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature
reaches 180 for thighs (taking the reading in the thickest part).
If you do not have a meat thermometer you can test for doneness
by cutting into the deepest part of the thigh. If the meat is
no longer pink and juices run clear, it's done. This should be
done later in the process so the juices do not run out of your
chicken while it still has a lot of time to cook.
You will want the chicken to rest for about 10 minutes before
carving to let the juices and heat redistribute.
Beer Can Chicken
Beer can chicken is a method of cooking chicken in the oven or a covered grill that
allows the chicken to stand up on end by propping it up on a beer
can. There are several advantages to this method of cooking a
chicken in your oven. You can put water, wine, beer and aromatic
herbs in the can to flavor and retain moisture. Also the chicken
does not cook in the grease that melts into the roasting pan and
it cooks and browns evenly. Although this can be achieved with
a beer can we recommend purchasing a stand. Yu can search for "chicken roaster rack' or 'beer can chicken rack'.
There are many good ones but the best are easy to clean.
This effective yet simple device easily holds a beer can and stabilizes
the chicken securely in the middle of a roasting pan. We have
used small glass jars when a can was not available.
When you make chicken this way you can flavor the liquid in the
can any way you like. The image to the right is chicken rubbed
with Jamaican Jerk dry rub and the jar is about 1/2 full of chicken stock and fresh thyme.
This has a nice aroma and keeps moisture inside the chicken. The
pan it is sitting in is 1/4 full of water.