Saturday, September 10, 2011


Hi, for beginners in cooking chicken, here are some tips that may be useful for you and i have also added spices, herbs and condiments tips, that are popular in chicken cooking.
And for my blogger friends who have 'authentic' or 'gourmet class' chicken dishes to promote, you are welcome to do guest post in my blog-  do let me know in  my comment box and i will revert back to you- thanks.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons- about 40% cropped and color changed to sepia by cooking varieties
How long do you marinate a whole chicken? Marinating works best when it's done over night, in the fridge. Typically the longer it SITS, the more flavour it absorbs.
What is the technical name for letting a roast sit AFTER cooking? RESTING.
-What is the fastest and safest way to thaw chicken? Boiling the chicken will heat the chicken the fastest. Put the chicken in a large bowl of water. Microwave for several minutes.
-Cooking with tin foil- which side out? If you are baking something wrapped in foil, you should probably have the dull side of the foil out. The dull side reflects heat

-How long do you oven grilled chicken pieces? In the oven 325 for 20 minutes On the top oven grill medium temperature until the skin is brown and the middle is not pink..
-How long do chicken wings take to cook in the deep fryer? about 10 mins, or 15.
-Best vegetables to match with chicken? Carrots, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, tomatoes, peas.

-What spices go well with chicken breast? Garlic, rosemary, black pepper, and answers
-How to choose a fresh chicken
Skin is still pinkish and taut looking, has a shiny look with a whitish color fat . Should not pale/ bluish …cooking-varieties

-Chicken browning is done in a skillet with a little bit of oil- both sides for about 8 mins
-Chicken braising- usually done after browning, for about 45 mins, using braising liquid of your choice.
ANY TIPS TO SHARE WITH US?  ..most welcome :)

For Every Thing, There is a Seasoning
A condiment is sauce or seasoning added to food -to impart a particular flavor or, in some cultures, to complement the dish. They may also be dry, such as a mixture of herbs and seasonings. Many condiments are available packaged in single-serving packets (sachets), like mustard or ketchup as in fast food. Some condiments are used during cooking itself, to add flavor or texture to the food, like barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, marmite are examples…..wikipedia
Kosher salt (a coarser-grained salt) is rubbed into chicken to tenderize the meat and improve flavor. A well designed dish may combine seasonings that complement each other.

Herbs are distinguished from spices. Herbs are leafy, green plant parts used for flavoring.
In addition to the choice of herbs and seasonings, the timing of when flavors are added will affect the chicken that is being cooked.

A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance used in nutritionally insignificant quantities as a food additives for flavor, color, or as a preservative that kills harmful bacteria or prevents their growth…wikipedia
cooking varieties also used garlic infused-in olive oil for chicken .

Tips on using spices for chicken — allspice, basil, bay, cinnamon, curry, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, mustard, paprika, rosemary, saffron, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme Frontier
Actually, almost anything works on chicken. Other choices: fennel, mustard, curry, coriander. I suggest you experiment. Taste is really subjective. We also add cloves and star anise to chicken curry-
chicken curry from cooking varieties recipe
If you enjoy cooking with herbs and spices, you will  find creative cooking varieties everywhere and make your own blends (curry powder or pumpkin pie spice etc). A pinch of this, or a touch of that, will make food flavorful in its own way…

Early gourmets soon learned that salt preserves, citrus and chili peppers were strong anti-bacterials. Chilies especially, were very important in making sure that the beef, chicken, or prawns in a curry or a rice or noodle dish  will not  give people food poisoning- .Victorian Gov department of health. In fact  chili has many health benefits
What is the term when you eat too much food?
A gourmand is one who simply enjoys eating food in great quantities- cooking varieites
How do you cook chicken?.. You may want to get some recipe books :) ..
A.1- Baguette (a type of bun ) sandwiched with chicken, green grapes and cantaloupes as in “The summer delight.” sandwich -Over here, cantaloupes are known as honey dew melon.

A.2- Bread or Herb bread with chicken cubes, chopped celery, sliced green onion, diced apple dipped in lemon juice and a few crushed walnuts, in a mayonnaise, plain yogurt and mustard sauce as in “The Waldorf”.


What is served first for a formal dinner- Salad or Soup? 
Serve soup first then salad
Which do you pour first for salad dressing- Oil or Vinegar? 
First, you pour oil, then vinegar
Now, what is good for Desserts?: 
Choose low-fat frozen yogurt, fruit ices, sorbets, and sherbets. A rich dessert can add fun to a well-balanced diet. But eat them only on special occasions


  1. Chicken is so good, and there are so many ways you can prepare it. Great post! Thanks. =)
    It's been awhile since I've visited, but I will be stopping by a bit more now. I've missed all the great cooking tips!

  2. Chicken is probably one of my favorite foods. It has low calories, it makes you feel full faster and it nourishes you. Chicken sandwiches are a really healthy alternative and they are great to pack for work or school if you are following a healthy diet and there are no healthy food alternatives there.

  3. It's not only good for beginners also to everyone.. Thanx for taking the elaborate discussion..

  4. Good tips... chicken is favorite in my family!

  5. chicken Ms.Wan has always been my helps also with people whose on a can be an alternative from pork or beef just remove the skin part..I love mixing chicken on my hawaian salad..cooked chicken cubes,diced apples soaked in pineapple juice to retain it's color,pineapple tidbits,celery stalks,mayonnaise,salt and sugar to taste..taste best when chilled it Ms.Wan you can try it hehehe..

    *thank you for the info. Ms.Wan :) *

  6. fantastic posting Maznah, I simply love your extra tips on which herbs should be added and the tips on how to cook chicken curry.

  7. My favurite herb to go with chicken is rosemary. Thanks, Wan, for sharing the tips.

  8. Chicken! It was my favourite dish but now I do not like it. There are several reasons which I can not share in this comment but to be short it make me ill now.

  9. This is really terrific information to's amazing how often the basics get over-looked! I'm a huge fan of chicken...probably my favorite protein!

  10. lovely tips thank you for sharing
    I like pairing vegetables with chicken

  11. Thanks for these great tips dear. Chicken is also my family's favorite. I had various chicken recipes posted in my blog...

  12. The different types of cooking chicken!!

    Just yesterday, got one recipe and tips from a Chinese Restaurant chef - Fried chicken Marmite, tried and turned out perfect!

    Thanks for all the tips above..

    and I visited Treat and Tricks for the first time... with 20 chicken dishes!! Wow..


  13. Very helpful post! Tagging it for future reference.

  14. hi wan, great information and tips! so you are a gourmand??ha! Have a good week!!

  15. that was an informative post to all..appreciate ur great effort, thanx for sharing!!

  16. Kudos to you for such a well written n informative post, my little bro is a BIG chicken eater, will pass this link on to him :)

  17. I certainly love to eat chicken curry.
    Its easy and very informative tips.

  18. This was such an informative post. Really, whether a beginner or professional was reading it, there was something in it for everyone. Makes me hungry for chicken :-)

  19. THIS post is really very informative for all beginners.. you have done a very good job... you have a lovely blog. happy to follow u as well.

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  21. wow...wat a fabulous post...thanks for the tips dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  22. Lovely and informative post; we eat a lot of chicken in this family, but precautions are always so important.

  23. This is a perfect "all you ever wanted to know about chicken" post. That falling off the bone, tender chicken curry amazes.

  24. I like only marinated chicken kebab. It is the best, do not care about the rest!

  25. many thanks and appreciation for the wonderful visits and comments to
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    since chicken is such a popular meal to many, cv
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  28. This interesting blog. My family likes chicken

  29. What good tips for chicken. My first impulse is to throw the frozen bird in the microwave. lol. I'm not always satisfied with the taste of it after that. So I'm so pleased to read about how to thaw it in boiling water. I'm really going to try that on the next chicken. Such great tips ans recipes.

  30. Thanks for sharing, now I know chicken better, hehehe..

  31. wow ths post is lot of tips and feeln more confident abt it now...

  32. This is another yummy post..:) My kids will kiss me again for this recipe! They love chicken so much.. And really this is another yummy and healthy recipe from you friend..:)

    Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful and yummy day!

  33. wonderful post so much information which is useful for everyone thanks for beautiful comments on my blog.
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  34. Very useful tips and a great post!

  35. Hi Cookingvarieties,Awesome post abt Chicken with recipe and useful cooking tips.

  36. my special thank you to the following blogger friends for their kind visits and great comments-
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    nisha, sagittarian, santosh,
    sutapa and my kitchen flavors.
    have a wonderful day :)

  37. I love chicken so much... so great to find blog like yours that shares so much ways to prepare chicken... seeing your blog makes me hungry....

  38. i love chicken. Thanks for the tips!

  39. i like kampung chicken very much.
    also like the waldorf

  40. lots of information.....nice read..cheers

  41. Excellent tips....especially since I make a ton of chicken. ;)

  42. I liked all the info that is shared here, specially using aluminium foil for baking. thanks

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