How long does chicken need to cook ?
Before answering the
question of how long does a chicken need to cook, we must
address pre-cooking safety concerns. No matter how much you
cook it, chicken can still be tainted if you have selected a
piece that is too old or was not stored properly. So make sure
that there is no discoloration when you purchase the
Second, always make sure to
wait until the end of your shopping to pick up your poultry.
You want the chicken meat to sit out for as little time as
possible. Refrigerate it first, when you get home or put it in
the freezer if you do not intend to cook it that
When you are ready to
defrost the chicken, do so in the refrigerator. Do not leave it
sitting out on the counter to defrost. And make sure to use
different cooking utensils to cut the chicken than you do to
chop up other items.
Now on to the question of
how long it takes to cook a chicken. The answer depends on the
size of the chicken. If the chicken is stuffed or has not been
deboned then the cooking time is longer. And if the cooking is
cut into pieces first then the time will be shorter.
The easiest way to tell if
your chicken is cooked properly is to use a cooking
thermometer. Put the thermometer into the thickest piece of the
chicken, while avoiding the bone. You are looking for a
temperature of 170 for the breast and around 185 for the
Always test the meat before
serving it. If it seems pink or reddish inside then it is not
Chicken Recipes for You
Dress a fat chicken 24 hours before cooking, and stuff with
following dressing when ready to bake: Moisten a loaf of stale
bread with hot water, mash smooth and mix with a half cupful of
butter, 1 egg, salt, pepper, celery and thyme to taste. Rub the
chicken all over with butter and salt, dredge lightly with
flour, put in covered roasting pan with a little water and cook
until brown and tender
CHICKEN STEW WITH TOMATOES
Cut up a chicken as if to fry. Put it in saucepan with 1
quart of water and boil until very tender. Add 1 can of
tomatoes, 1 large spoonful of butter, salt and pepper to taste,
and boil until thick, stirring often. Just before serving add
1/4 cupful of sweet cream.
Wipe dry and truss with slices of bacon in a broiler, salt
and pepper. Place over live coals. Baste with butter. Five
minutes are enough to cook birds of white meat, 2 minutes on
the breast side and 3 minutes on the other. Squabs and other
birds of dark meat require longer time.