Cooking chicken with leftovers in mind

By gdlhbook, April 8, 2016

If you are considering cooking a chicken for dinner, one of the things you may want to consider is how to use the leftovers. Using leftovers can be complicated if you stuff a chicken, so, if you are considering how to use them, here are some simple tips and tricks for cooking a perfect chicken.

Sprinkle with breadcrumbs 

For the easiest baked chicken, simply clean the chicken and coat it thoroughly in bread crumbs. Bake according to your favorite recipe. In general, chicken should be cooked until the internal temperature nears 160 degrees. It is a good idea to test whole chicken near the thigh and for chicken pieces, check the thickest part of the bird, generally the breast. Chicken should sit for 10 minutes before being served for best results.

Sprinkle with simple spices

Some people prefer to not have breadcrumbs on their chicken for health reasons. In some cases this is because they are watching their weight or because of a gluten allergy. Combine salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and oregano together with garlic and onion powder for a tasty spice combination for baking chicken.

Whole chicken or chicken parts?

Many people buy whole chicken because it is generally more cost-effective. Some cooks prefer to cut their chickens before cooking but if the decision is made to cook it whole, it opens up some new possibilities for cooking.

Stuffed with bread

Many people love bread stuffing and whether you make it from scratch or use a boxed mix, it is easy to stuff a whole chicken and bake it. Just remember that if you stuff a chicken it will take longer to cook, as much as 10 extra minutes per pound.

Stuffed with vegetables 

An old family favorite is stuffing a chicken with vegetables. Simply cube potatoes and carrots and toss with salt, pepper and rosemary, slice an onion and toss it all in the cavity. Roast the chicken and serve with a salad.

There are several ways to keep a chicken moist when cooking. Use a covered pan or create an aluminum foil tent. If you or other members of your family enjoy eating the skin from chicken make sure you remove the cover to brown the skin.

There are hundreds of ways to cook chicken including chicken Parmesan, chicken Alfredo or fried chicken. When you decide to cook a chicken, consider first how you will use any leftovers. This may determine the manner you decide to use to cook chicken.