Do you remember the first chicken you ever attempted to cook? Was it overcooked, undercooked or did you nail it and it was just right? Do you get chicken about chicken just thinking about cooking a chicken? Well, fear not, Dear Readers, I am here to help. Remember the following few tips:
1. No need to wash the chicken unless you enjoy spreading salmonella all over your kitchen, no judging, ever, here at Mary's Kitchen.
2. Pat the chicken dry both inside and out.
3. Remove the icky bits. This step will help the juices run clear which is an indication of doneness.
4. Season the chicken.
5. Allow it to "dry" in the refrigerator overnight (if time allows) to achieve a crispy skin.
6. Massage oil into the skin before placing in the preheated oven. (I cook mine at 350 degrees.)
7. Use a culinary thermometer to be certain the chicken is properly cooked to 165 degrees.
If you have any tips to share about cooking a chicken please do so in the tips section.