The dry heat of an oven can cause baked chicken to become dried out, making it less appetizing than a plump, moist cut of chicken. And while dried-out chicken that has been baked too long in the oven can be unpleasant, it is possible to make it more moist. For the most moist baked chicken, it is important to follow the steps outlined below to ensure that the final product is tender, plump, and delicious.
Brine the chicken before cooking. This helps the flesh to absorb additional moisture prior to baking, preventing dried-out chicken.
Bake the chicken with bones in and skin on to retain moisture.
Bake in foil or in a covered casserole. This prevents the evaporation of moisture during cooking, essentially using trapped steam released during baking to keep the chicken moist.
Smother the chicken with pan juices or a flavorful sauce after baking. Hollandaise or gravy can make even a dried-out chicken taste more plump and juicy.
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