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Old 04-06-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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Question Roasting chicken - today & tomorrow?

I'm wanting to have roasted chicken for lunch tomorrow, but will be at church when it needs to begin cooking. So, I'm wondering if it's possible to do the majority of the cooking today and then the last 30 minutes or so tomorrow? Does this work? Is it safe? Does it still taste as good?

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Old 04-06-2007, 11:09 AM   #2
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It is very dangerous to partially cook the chicken. Cook it completely ahead of time then reheat it. You can wrap in foil to reheat it or slice it and cover it and reheat it. Slicing it and covering it will take less time to reheat than leaving it whole.
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:21 AM   #3
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I second what Kitchenelf said. Just cook it all the way through the first time and then reheat when you are ready to eat. Or you could eat it cold as well. Cold chicken is great.
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:29 AM   #4
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If you're worried about over cooking it by reheating, heat the pre-cooked chicken warm but make the gravy hot.

For me, just the hot gravy is enough to warm the meat up.
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:34 AM   #5
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Oh, BUMMER! See, I was thinking that if I completely cooked it today and then reheated it tomorrow, it would dry out. The gravy idea is a good one, but I make the absolute worst gravy in the world! I like cold chicken, too, but the hubby isn't that crazy about it. Sigh...OH well, reheating it just until warm will have to do.

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:38 AM   #6
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Brine the chicken before cooking it and it will still be juicy even after reheating very hot.
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Depending on when you are going to be away from home, you could put the chicken into the oven and set the timer. If the chicken is going to be unrefrigerated for less than an hour or so before the oven comes on, that could work. Then it would be done just when you arrive home for lunch.
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Brine the chicken before cooking it and it will still be juicy even after reheating very hot.
Well, another good idea, but I've never brined anything. I've read briefly about it before, but...well, just never done it. New things are SCARY!!
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If you cut the cooked chicken into serving pieces (breast meat and leg quarters) before you reheat it, all you need to do is dish up a plateful, spoon a little of the meat juices over it, and heat it in the microwave, or in a 350 oven when you are ready to eat it.
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It is only scary while it is new. Do it once and you will no longer be scared
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