For many households, chicken is a go-to protein. It’s cheap, easy to make and a fan favorite. The only problem with chicken is that it can be dry and bland, especially when you’re choosing an option like roasting. Luckily, you can prevent this by following a few clever tricks.
Get ready to look like a cooking pro with these three hacks for making the best roasted chicken.
Hack #1. Use a blow dryer to get your chicken dry.
One step you can’t skip when cooking roasted chicken is to dry out the inside and outside of the bird. Any moisture on the skin and cavity can lead to steaming, and this will produce a less-crispy skin and tougher meat.
To help you out, use a blow dryer. Yes, it may seem strange to blow dry your chicken, but it works! The direct heat soaks up any moisture that you can’t see and ensures your meal turns out crispy and delicious!
Hack #2. Make a “rack” out of vegetables. It will help your chicken cook and give you a side dish for your meal.
When the chicken is nice and dry, place it on a rack in a roasting pan. This allows the air and heat to circulate around the chicken better. Some roasting pans come with racks in them so there’s nothing extra you need to do.
However, if you don’t have a rack, you can make one out of vegetables like potatoes, carrots and green beans. Simply use any oven-safe dish or skillet and pile up the vegetables to lift the chicken. Not only does this prevent rotisserie chicken from drying out, but also you’ll have a yummy side dish without any extra cooking or dishes to clean!
Hack #3. Brush the skin with melted butter and stuff the cavity with whole lemons, garlic cloves or fresh herbs.
The skin of the chicken needs attention. Most home cooks use salt and pepper, but you may want to try melted butter. This gives the skin an even richer flavor! But why stop there?
The inside of the chicken also needs a flavor boost. One option is to place punctured whole lemons in the cavity of the chicken while it roasts. Other chefs recommend adding herbs or whole gloves of garlic inside the chicken.
These three hacks will help you make the most of your roasted chicken dinners. If you’re not up to cooking, order out from La Rosa Chicken and Grill. We have a great selection of fresh chicken dishes that everyone in the family will love!