Get the perfect roasted chicken every time with these 8 simple tips! From brining to using a meat thermometer, our techniques will help you achieve a juicy and flavorful chicken that's sure to impress. Whether you're using a traditional oven or an air fryer, our tips will take your chicken game to the next level. Read more to learn how!
Roasting a chicken is a classic dish that's both delicious and versatile. However, it can be challenging to get the perfect roasted chicken that's moist and juicy on the inside with a crispy and flavorful exterior. Fortunately, with a few tips and tricks, you can achieve a delicious and moist roasted chicken every time, whether you're using a traditional oven or an air fryer oven.
If you're using an air fryer oven, you can follow these same tips, with a few modifications. Air fryer Ovens typically cook faster than traditional ovens, so you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Another advantage is that, because air fryer ovens circulate hot air around the food, you may not need to baste the chicken as often or at all which makes for more juicy, more flavorful roasted chicken.
Here are eight tips on how to cook a moist and juicy roasted chicken in your oven:
- Brine the chicken: Brining the chicken in a saltwater solution for a few hours or overnight before roasting can help the meat retain moisture and prevent it from drying out during cooking.
- Use a roasting pan with a rack: A roasting pan with a rack allows air to circulate around the chicken, which helps it cook more evenly and prevents it from sitting in its juices.
- Stuff the cavity with aromatics: Stuffing the cavity of the chicken with herbs, garlic, and lemon can infuse the meat with flavor and help keep it moist.
- Rub the chicken with butter or oil: Rubbing the skin of the chicken with butter or oil before roasting can help it brown evenly and create a crisp exterior that locks in moisture.
- Use a meat thermometer: A meat thermometer can help you ensure that the chicken is cooked to the right temperature without overcooking it. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the chicken.
- Baste the chicken: Basting the chicken with its juices or a mixture of melted butter and herbs can help keep it moist and add flavor.
- Let the chicken rest: After the chicken is done cooking, let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful chicken.
- Tent the chicken with foil: If the chicken is browning too quickly and you're worried it might dry out, tenting it with foil can help prevent further browning and keep the moisture in.
By following these simple techniques, you'll be able to create a moist and flavorful roasted chicken that's sure to impress your family and friends, whether you're choose to take the plunge with a traditional oven or get faster and more flavorful results from using a Kalorik Air Fryer or Kalorik MAXX Air Fry Oven.