Chicken FAQs

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Chicken FAQs
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Find easy-to-understand answers to some frequently asked questions regarding preparing and cooking chicken.

How do I roast a whole chicken?

Roasting a chicken takes a little longer than some other methods of cooking chicken, but it actually requires very little preparation time - it's mostly just a matter of patience in waiting for the bird to finish roasting.

Another merit of roast chicken is that the leftovers just keep on giving. Roasting two chickens is just as easy as roasting one chicken, and today's roast chicken dinner is tomorrow's chicken pie, chicken soup or chicken sandwich.

Check out our How to roast chicken article for more handy tips on roasting chicken, or browse our Roast chicken recipes.
How do I cut apart a whole chicken?

It takes more than one go at cutting up a chicken to become an expert. However, once you've got the hang of it, you can cut up a chicken in very little time and with hardly any effort. Buying a whole chicken is cheaper than buying pieces, and the leftover parts of a deboned chicken are ideal for making soup stocks.

See our Cutting a whole chicken into pieces article for a step-by-step guide on cutting apart a whole chicken, or browse our Chicken recipe collection.
How do I prevent chicken from being dry?

Overcooking is the most common cause for chicken being dry and/or tough. Recipes often state cooking times, but these should only be looked upon as guidelines. Several factors can affect the accuracy of the cooking time. The thickness of the meat can significantly affect the cooking time; thin selections of meat will cook more quickly than thicker pieces. Heat settings can vary from hob to hob. Even the size, quality and shape of the pan can affect the cooking time. So, the best way to avoid overcooking your chicken is to regularly check on the progress of the dish as it cooks.
How long does raw or cooked chicken keep?
What are the best storage methods?

Raw chicken should be stored in the coldest part of your fridge and used within 2 days. Freeze any chicken that won't be used within 2 days. Frozen chicken can be stored in the freezer for up to one year without sacrificing quality.

Cooked chicken should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. A whole cooked chicken can be kept in the fridge for 3 days; cut-up cooked chicken can be stored in the fridge for 2 days.

See our Chicken recipe collection for hundreds of foolproof chicken recipes.
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