It always seems there is never enough time in the day to make a delicious home cooked meal. Something that my family truly enjoys is when I cook chicken but again, the time is what usually keeps me from doing so. From meal prepping, to grocery shopping, and then the cooking, you can see how quickly your time can dwindle away. So when I heard about some amazing tips and tricks that make preparing home cooked meals easier, I had to give them a try! Today we are partnering with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to share The Best Tips & Tricks For Cooking Chicken At Home! Get your ovens ready but things are about to get tasty…
To achieve the best flavor you have to know how to properly handle and cook chicken. Before you spend countless hours browsing the web for all the answers, we are here to help! We have some tips and tricks that will make sure your chicken homemade dinner is a success and has your family coming back for more.
- Chicken needs a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate. For the most flavor, allow your chicken to marinate for up to 6 hours. This is where pre-planning can really be helpful!
- Allow your chicken to “take a rest” after it has been cooked. All the natural juices will soak back into the meat instead of being left on the baking sheet. No one likes wasting flavor!
- Soaking chicken in beer brine for a few hours will result in a tender, juicy chicken! I’ll admit I have done this before and it gives the chicken a really great flavor!
- Instead of slicing into the meat, use a food thermometer to ensure the meat is fully cooked. If it is, it’s ready to be served!
- For an evenly sautéed chicken, set a foil-covered brick on top of the meat. The weight of the brick will quickly and evenly sear your chicken. Brilliant, right?
- If you want to cook chicken in a slow cooker, make sure you have one quart of space for each pound. Too little room will dry out the meat. (E.g., to cook three pounds of chicken, you’ll need a 3-quart slow cooker.) Dry meat is never tasty!
- For nice, even cuts, don’t slice the chicken with the grain; slice against the grain of the meat.
- When storing chicken in the freezer, pour some marinade into the bag as well. As the chicken freezes, the marinade will soak into the meat for an even more savory flavor!
- Using a food mixer instead of a fork to shred cooked chicken can get the job done in 30 seconds or less!
- It’s best not to rinse chicken before cooking it. Rinsing it could cause bacteria and germs to be splashed throughout your kitchen.
Now that you have some tips and tricks for making the most epic chicken dinner EVER, you should know that September is actually National Chicken Month. Although today is the last day of the month, there is no reason not to continue cooking and eating delicious chicken all-year long!
You are now armed and ready for those nights you want to cook at home but for the night’s you don’t, you can head to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to enjoy a meal so delicious you would think it was handmade by you. You can even join the Cheddar’s E-Club and get a free order of chips and queso with your purchase. Sounds yummy, right? You can join their E-Club here.
So what are you waiting for? Head to your local Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen’s to enjoy one of their delicious mean items including, Chicken Tenders, Chicken Pot Pie, BBQ Chicken and Half Rack of Ribs, Country Chicken Fried Chicken, Grilled Chicken Pecan Salad and more!
One lucky winner is going to win a $25 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Gift Card. Just comment below letting me know what your favorite chicken dish is from there (or one you really want to try). I’ll draw a random winner on October 7th. Good Luck!