If you haven’t heard about halogen ovens, then prepare to be blown away. Because one of these nifty gadgets can cook a chicken 40% quicker than a conventional oven, at the cost of around 8p!
So if we’ve got your attention with this time saving purse protector, then you may want to know how to use it.
Here is how to cook a chicken in a 12 litre halogen oven.
For the chicken
- A halogen oven drains away fat when cooking, but if you do want to catch it for a gravy (see below) then place silver foil at the bottom of the bowl.
- Place the onion, carrots, parsnips and garlic gloves on the bottom rack.
- Pre-heat the halogen oven to 200°C (400f) – which should take around 3 minutes.
- Glaze the chicken in oil and season to taste.
- Place the chicken on top or around the veg, also sitting on the rack.
- Place lid on halogen oven and set timer for 35 minutes.
- When timer goes, remove chicken and check if it is cooked. If the juices run clear, the chicken is done. If not, then return to the oven.
- If making a gravy, leave the chicken to rest and transfer the juices to a pan, with a small drop of flour. Put the pan on a low heat and mix the flour into a paste like consistency. Then add a some chicken stock, a bit at a time, until you have the right thickness. If needed, add gravy browning and seasoning.
- Serve and enjoy!
So there you have it, a low cost, simple way to cook a chicken. And with the hectic Christmas calendar upon us, this clever gadget can take some of the hassle out of cooking, so you can worry about something else.