Friday, July 10, 2009

Tips and Tricks- Chicken

Chicken can be really hard for some Bandsters to eat. Here are a few tips and tricks for tender chicken.

1. Don't over cook... cook boneless chicken until to 180 degrees and bone-in chicken to 170.
2. Chicken cooked with the bone-in tends to be more tender
3. Avoid freezing it. A lot of the juices are lost in defrosting.
4. Marinades help chicken stay moist while cooking.
5. Baste
6. Rubs help seal in juices
7. Don't use salt until after the chicken is cooked. Salt extract juices.
8. Use the old crock pot. If fresh, cook on low for 5-6 hours with 1/2 cup water or broth. If frozen, cook 8-10 hours with 1/2 cup water or broth.

I tend to use my crock pot the most. If I know I will be using chicken for dinner, I through it in the Crock Pot in the morning and it is done by dinner time. The only thing is when using boneless chicken breast, by the time it's done, it becomes more like shredded chicken instead of actual breast. Which is nice, because it is very easy to eat.

When buying a Crock Pot or slow cooker, bigger isn't always better. If you are only cooking a pound at a time, then get the smallest one you can find. I have a big one I use for 3-4 lbs and a smaller one for 1-2 lbs. When I use my big Crock Pot for my 1 lb of meat, it dries out a lot faster.

I hope this helps!

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