How to cook a whole chicken

Here in the U.S. one of our major holidays is thanksgiving. Where we enjoy a nice big turkey and all of the side dishes that go along with it. But funny enough, there are lots of people who don't like making turkey or even whole chicken due to the fact that it is such a big piece of meat and they are not quite sure how to clean and prepare it. 

I've had many people tell me that they don't cook whole chicken because they don't know how to. In this post, my aim is to help you have a better understanding of how to cook and clean whole chicken, the same goes for making big birds such as turkey.

For the easiest and best cooking method, First cut out the spine of the chicken to allow for it to lay flat in the pyrex whilst cooking. Turn to the back and with a pair of kitchen scissors cut along both sides of the chicken spine, the entire piece will be completely detached and you can throw it away. This will also facilitate with cleaning the insides of the chicken itself.

Once that is done, follow the normal procedure of cleaning chicken Here is a great example of how to properly clean your chicken. Next season the meat by first drizzling olive oil and then the seasonings of your chicken. Such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, lawrys all purpose seasoning etc. Rub it all in well. Here are more details on how to properly season

Preheat the oven to 425F or 210C. Place the chicken into a big enough pyrex drizzled with a little olive oil just for the chicken to not get stuck to the bottom.

Place it in the oven for about 1 hour to 1 hour 30 min. or until fully cooked all the way through and nicely browned.

Once cooked, set aside and allow to cool before cutting it into pieces. Serves well for cutting into whole leg quarters, wings, breast or serving as an entire half a chicken.

From my kitchen to yours


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