Don’t we all love chicken? If you do, then you gotta cook it in the right way. Not just for taste but also to ensure it’s fit for your health.
Don’t make these common mistakes that people make when cooking chicken:
You definitely don’t want half-cooked chicken lest you get infected with salmonella bacteria. But you also don’t want overcooked chicken. If you are not able to tell when the chicken is ready, buy a thermometer to test the temperatures. Experts advise that you should cook your chicken until it gets to an internal temperature of 160° F.
Removing the skin before cooking
Well, we get it that you detest chicken skin. But if you must, remove it once the skin is ready. And you can always give it to that other person who doesn’t mind it. Keeping the skin on helps the chicken retain its moisture.
You don’t check if your chicken is okay
Eating chicken that has gone bad can lead to serious food poisoning. If you don’t know how to tell if raw chicken has gone bad, you will be at risk of food poisoning. If the chicken has changed its pink color to a shade of gray, then it’s not fit for consumption and you should not cook it.
Cooking your chicken immediately from the fridge
You will want to prepare in advance and give your chicken time to thaw. Let it come to room temperature first to avoid uneven cooking or overcooking.
Thawing the chicken on the counter
Leaving the meat on the counter for long can lead to bacterial growth which in return causes food poisoning. Instead of leaving it on the counter, remove it from the freezer and put it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.