Chicken is a very popular type of meat that is perfect for preparing various dishes. Get to know some practical tips, thanks to which you will always be able to prepare delicious chicken.
The crispy crust on top of the meat is simply delicious. But how to get it? Whether you decide to roast a whole chicken or you want to prepare chicken pieces, sufficient temperature is important.
However, do not overdo it with the frying/cooking time, as you could dry out the meat unnecessarily.
Baking is a little easier. It is advisable to first heat the oven to a high temperature, around 390 °F / 200 °C. The skin will be properly baked and crispy. As soon as the skin starts to change its color, it is a good idea to reduce the oven temperature. This way, the meat will be cooked through, retaining its juiciness, while you can look forward to a crispy skin. Try, for example, a juicy recipe for baked chicken thighs with cabbage.
Especially with chicken breasts, drying them out is a common problem. Meat naturally loses water during heat treatment. The key is to cook or fry as briefly as possible. The easiest solution is to get a kitchen thermometer that will tell you exactly if the meat is cooked inside. The core temperature (in the centre of the meat) should be around 158-161 °F / 70-72 °C. This ensures safe consumption, while the meat does not lose water.
Achieving a perfectly juicy chicken slice is certainly not easy and requires considerable experience. If the preparation is not perfect, there is still a way to prevent dried out chicken breasts. After you remove the slice from the pan, let it rest for a while. The juice spreads inside the meat. Whereas if you cut it right away, a lot of the meat juice will run out and the slice will be much drier.
Proper use of salt
A common question is when to salt meat. It is important to understand how salt affects meat. In the first few minutes when you salt the meat, basically nothing happens. However, after a longer period of time, water from the muscle fibers begins to reach the surface, which leads to dryness. When preparing meat in a pan, it doesn't really matter when you salt it.
If you have pieces of chicken that you want to bake or use with a sauce, you can salt them beforehand. The salt will draw out the water, but if you let the meat sit long enough, it will absorb the moisture back. Before cooking, it is advisable to thoroughly dry the meat pieces with a paper towel. If they were moist, instead of roasting, they would essentially start to cook.
Preparing juicy and tender chicken is no rocket science. However, it is important to stick to a few basic tips to avoid making basic mistakes. So you can enjoy a great meal.
Of course, we also include the 5 most popular recipes with chicken on our website. Enjoy your meal.
1. French cutlets with mashed potatoes
Chicken cutlets in a tasty marinade, coated in batter and fried in hot oil. As a side dish we choose classic mashed potatoes.
2. Chicken rolls with ham and cheese
A simple recipe that is worth trying. You will see that everyone will like the classics. We usually stuff chicken breasts with ham and cheese and this time it's the other way around. Chicken breast wrapped in ham and cheese, covered in sauce and baked in the oven. Add classic mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes and you have lunch ready.
3. A mild sauce with chicken meat perfect with pasta
A delicious creamy sauce which goes perfectly with various types of pasta, or you can serve it with rice.
4. Savory chicken cake with ham and cheese
Do you want to try something else than traditional sweet cakes? Make a savory cake. Chicken breast, ham, cheese, sour cream = great combination. Yummy! It is served warm or cold.
5. Light pasta salad with chicken and yogurt
A simple recipe for hot summer days. This salad is also great for family celebrations or parties.
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