38 must-know tips for cooking your best-ever chicken

Everyone loves chicken. It's popular and versatile. Check out our tips for roasting, grilling, and making hot wings to make the most of the meat.

Steps to perfect chicken

Low-quality chicken compromises taste and animal welfare no matter how it's cooked. Free-range meat is best. Check the ingredients of packaged or frozen chicken breasts to make sure they aren't pumped with water to increase their weight.

Purchase good chicken

Low-quality chicken compromises taste and animal welfare no matter how it's cooked. Free-range meat is best. Check the ingredients of packaged or frozen chicken breasts to make sure they aren't pumped with water to increase their weight.

Purchase good chicken

Bones and skin help meat cook moist. Because it has so little fat, chicken breast cooks better with skin to retain moisture. Peel the skin after cooking if you don't like the taste (or to reduce calories). It's crucial.

Leave the skin on

Chicken thighs are flavorful but fatty. Dark meat is easier to keep moist and more forgiving if overcooked. Thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts because they're less popular.

Give thighs a go

Seasoned chicken tastes better. Salting chicken before cooking helps crisp the skin and flavour it evenly. When roasting a whole chicken, season the cavity as well.

Use plenty of salt

Every chicken cut pairs well with bold flavours, from breasts to thighs. Lemon and herbs like thyme, rosemary, and sage never disappoint. Honey-mustard sauces are spicy. You can add heat with smoky harissa or spicy jerk seasoning.

Experiment with big flavors

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