How to cook a chicken in a halogen oven

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!

Halogen Oven
Speedy, healthy and tasty
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.

Ingredients

For the chicken
  • 1.5kg chicken
  • 2 white onions
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • 2 medium sized parsnips
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • For gravy
  • 2 tbsp white flour
  • Gravy browning
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • Preparation

    Woman Crying While Chopping Onions
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    A halogen oven can’t save you from tears
    1. 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.
    2. Place the onion, carrots, parsnips and garlic gloves on the bottom rack.
    3. Pre-heat the halogen oven to 200°C (400f) – which should take around 3 minutes.
    4. Glaze the chicken in oil and season to taste.

    Cooking

    Man with Oven Mitts
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    Ready for hot potatoes
    1. Place the chicken on top or around the veg, also sitting on the rack.
    2. Place lid on halogen oven and set timer for 35 minutes.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Serve and enjoy!

    Chicken Carcass with a lot of meat
    The end product
    Source: A Mothers Ramblings
    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.


    Essential winter gadgets

    These days there is a gadget for everything, but some are more useful than others. The laptop desk that attaches to your steering wheel is a certainly rather stupid idea, and the less said about the iPotty the better.

    But there are plenty of gadgets that make life easier, and in the cold winter months that’s just what we want.

    So to make the festive season go smoothly this year, here are our top winter gadgets. Enjoy!

    Dehumidifer

    peltier-dehumidifier-AquaDri.
    Say no to chesty coughs this winter
    In the months that end with ‘R’ the air is moist due to low temperatures. This can cause damp, which in turn can cause mould spores and dust mites, both are bad news for your health.

    With a dehumidifier however that risk is diminished. It works by collecting moisture either via a fan, electric current on crystal and turning it into water. Simply dispose of the water, and job done.

    Log splitter

    D3803 Dual Logmaster Logsplitter 2 Cj
    Fire the fast way
    Chopping wood is always a hard task, but especially in the depths of winter. No one wants to stand in the cold swinging a rather dangerous axe around! That is where a log splitter comes in handy.

    Simply put, log splitters make better fires. This is because wood that has been split into smaller pieces burns better. The oxygen needed to keep a fire going has more access to the wood as there is a larger surface area, and this in turn means a brighter, warmer fire.

    Instead of a sharp point being swung at speed, a hydraulic or foot operated log splitter works with a splitting wedge, meaning you don’t have to strain your back and you can split more wood than you could by hand.

    Halogen oven

    Halogen Oven
    Impromptu roast dinner anyone?
    With winter bills rising, we’re all looking for ways to save money, and a halogen oven will slash bills. Based on a 1300w 12 litre halogen oven cooking a chicken in 40 minutes, you’ll only have to spend 9p on electricity!

    You may be wondering how a chicken can cook in 40 minutes? Well, because of hi tech halogen bulb technology and a fan to ensure all of the bowl gets heat, a halogen oven is able to cook tasty food fast.

    Potato peeler

    Electric potato peeler
    How do you like your spuds in the morning?
    Stews, roast dinners and soups are the epitome of winter warming food – and potatoes are often an important part of the meal.

    When shivering and in need of a winter warmer, like the traditional Welsh dish of cawl, peeling potatoes can be a time consuming task. And for those with joint problems, it can be painful too.

    But an automatic potato peeler uses a rotating blade to quickly take the skin off your spuds. Meaning those with poor dexterity needn’t be in pain, those that get cold hands needn’t get numb fingers and those who have a huge Christmas dinner to make, can get on basting the turkey!

    For hands that don’t ache, a fire that burns well and fully functioning lungs our gadgets will see you right. And if you do want to research halogen oven recipes online, avoid the steering wheel lap desk, the M1 is for driving after all.