Cooking some chicken last night

@aconner (219)
United States
October 20, 2008 8:33am CST
I had some chicken legs in the freezer that needed to be cooked. I'm terrible at frying chicken or baking chicken, it always comes out with no flavor and very dry. So I thought I'd try my crock pot. I threw the chicken legs in the pot with 2 bottles of BBQ sauce. That's about the best chicken I've ever made in my life. I was proud of myself. I also popped some potatoes in the oven for baking. Got those a bit too done. How long should you bake a potato? How do you bake your chicken without it getting dry and giving it lots of flavor?
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
20 Oct 08
aconner, First of all, let's tackle that taste problem. Before you cook your chicken, you will always need to remember to marinade season your chicken at least 2-3 hours before you roast, grill and/or fry it. If the bird is rather big than you will need to more time for the marinades to set in, probably a day. You will have to marinade both the outside and the insides (reach into the cavity). Then, put in back to the fridge not the freezer for the marinades to work. Second, moisture and texture. For roasting, before you pop that chicken into the oven, please remember to seal up the cavity with a tooth picks or sew it up. You will also need to place a bowl of water in the oven to prevent the bird from drying up too fast. You will need to bask the bird every now and then with the drippings on the sauce pan from the roast. For an average size I did it 5 times till it became golden brown. You must also remember to have the correct temperature setting ideally 350C and timing about 2 hours or basing on the texture color of the meat. As for the potatoes, you can put it into the oven with the chicken from the beginning and should be almost good together with the chicken. For grilling you will need to constantly coat the surface with butter or oil, and turning it ever now and then to have it evenly cooked. Your fire has to be well controlled in the medium range. Hope the above pointers will be of help here. Take care.
@aconner (219)
• United States
20 Oct 08
OH My! Very detailed instructions... very helpful as well. Thank you so much. You sound like a pro at this cooking thing. LOL I'll have to try this. My husband will go crazy when I can cook a whole chicken just right like this. :)
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• Singapore
20 Oct 08
aconner, Just glad to be of help, here. I just happened to have some experience in the area of cooking. Since you have interest here I'd share this recipe with you. Roast Chicken with Bacon Ingredients: * 2 Large Chicken Drumstick * 4 slices Streaky Bacon * 3 glove Garlic, crashed with skin on * 2 slices Lemon How to do it: 1. Place a slice of lemon on the chicken. 2. Wrap a slice of streaky bacon slightly tight starting from the joint part with the fatty part of the bacon should be 'outside'. 3. Overlap the bacon a little so you don't see the chicken. 4. Place the chicken in a oven proof dish with the loose end bacon placed down. 5. Scatter the garlic around. 6. Roast the chicken in a preheated oven at 220C for 15 minutes. 7. Reduce the temperature to 170C and continuing roasting for another 40 minutes or till thoroughly cooked. 8. Serve. Hope this recipe will have a good start for your future roasts. Take care.
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• South Africa
21 Oct 08
Thank you for this detailed receipe. My husband never eats chicken done in the oven as he says it is too dry, so I always end up making a curry or stew. My children and I love roasted chicken, so I will definately try this recipe. Thank you.....thank you.....thank you
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I am horrible at cooking chicken too. The best way I make it is on the bbq, but that season is winding down. I have never made chicken leges in the crock pot. I bet they were really moist too. As for baked potatoes....I never make them because I can't get them to come our cooked right for me.
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@aconner (219)
• United States
20 Oct 08
We have a grill, but it's not a very good one. I've never grilled much, but hubby is good at it. I may get him a gas grill for Christmas, bad timing but they have good sales in the off season I'm sure.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I have to agree that the best time to get a grill is this time of year! They get discounted at a good rate. I think that you can actually grill all year long too. We bring ours out to the garage and grill in there over the winter at times. That is when I make sure my husband is doing the cooking.
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• United States
20 Oct 08
I use pepper or pepper and garlic and sprinkle that on the chicken and put it in side foil i use the foil like a pocket..oh and i put a pat of butter on the chicken too, and bake it, good flavor and always juicy..your way soudns yummy to though;.
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@aconner (219)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I love garlic! I put garlic on almost everything. Surprised hubby doesn't complain of me stinking. LOL That does sound good. I'll have to try that. Thank you!
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