When you first buy a halogen oven, you’ll probably be amazed at how many things you can cook in it. One food that many people don’t realise they can cook is a whole chicken. However, it’s super easy to do, and you’ll also be left with a really tender and juicy piece of meat, that is still crisp on the outside. If you’ve been looking for a recipe that will guide you, fear not as below is a recipe that will have your chicken cooked to perfection.
- Stuffing (optional)
- Seasoning (salt, black pepper and any herbs)
- Halogen oven
- Defrost your chicken before cooking. Avoid washing it.
- Prepare your chicken in the same way as you would when cooking it in a conventional oven. If it has giblets inside, remove these and season the skin. You can add black pepper and salt for a basic seasoning, or feel free to rub some dry herbs into the skin. If you usually stuff your chicken, this is the time to add it in. For a fresh flavour, you can use a lemon instead of the traditional stuffing.
- Tip your chicken upside down and place it on the bottom rack. If your halogen oven comes with an extension ring, it’s a good idea to use this as it will stop the sides of the chicken from burning.
- Set the oven temperature to 200oc, and the timer to 35-40 minutes. Turn the oven on and leave to cook.
- After 35-40 minutes, see how cooked your chicken is to determine how much longer it needs. You will know when it is fully cooked when the juices begin to run clear. At this point, flip your chicken over so that it is sitting the right way up on the baking tray.
- Cook the chicken for a further 20-25 minutes. If the juices run clear, it is time to remove it. If they are still looking a bit pink, leave for a further 10 minutes and check again.
- Check the temperature of the chicken with a meat thermometer, and remove it from the oven. Remove the stuffing and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Slice and serve.
Alternative Style of Cooking
You may be able to get away with not turning your chicken during the cooking process. Instead, you will need to set your cooker to a lower temperature – 180oc – and cook for around one hour. Again, make sure to check that the juices are running clear and that the chicken is properly cooked with a meat thermometer.
Halogen ovens are really versatile pieces of kitchen equipment. If you don’t already own one, you can take a look at the reviews on the best halogen oven by Vonshef to see what people are saying about them. You really can cook almost anything in halogen ovens. A whole chicken will be tender and juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside, making it perfect for Sunday dinners, as well as chicken and chips for the kids!