Succulent, juicy chicken can be difficult to achieve. Don’t cook the meat enough and it could be harmful to your health, cook it too much and it is dry and rubbery. As a staple meal for many Australian families, roast chicken is an important dish to perfect. The following are just a few tips to help you create the perfect roast chicken.
Purchase high quality meat
One of the most vital steps is to make sure you get a good quality chicken. Find a good butcher who can get you a whole raw chicken. They can even help with how to best cook the meat, as well as offering other tips and tricks.
Thaw chicken overnight
When thawing your chicken, place it in the fridge the night before. Never thaw it on the sink or benchtop as this can contaminate it. Keep the chicken in a large dish and once thawed, cook it within 24 hours.
Cook with high heat
Once you have prepared the chicken to your liking, lay it breast side down in a dish with a strainer, turning it halfway through cooking to evenly distribute its juices. Cook the chicken on a high heat, around 200 degrees Celsius, to brown the skin deeply and keep it nice and crisp.
The worst thing you can do is overcook the chicken, as this will leave it dry and chewy. In order to prevent this, invest in a meat thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the thigh at intervals throughout the cooking process. It should read somewhere between 70 and 80 degrees Celsius.
Let it rest
It can be tempting to start cutting the chicken as soon as it’s cooked, but like all meat, you need to give it time. Resting for at least 15 minutes allows the juices to settle. This will also aid in keeping the meat moist and tender.
For more advice or for high quality whole chickens, head to online butcher, Meatcart, today.