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Experiment for Crispy Chicken Skin

Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,991
edited 2:38AM in EggHead Forum
I read that storing the uncooked chicken in the refrigerator, uncovered, for a long while would dry it out and result in a crispier skin when cooked. I seasoned a 4-lb. bird with Raging River, put it open on a plate in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then let it come to room temp. I cooked it at 350º on a raised grid for 40 minutes, and it was really beautiful to look at!

It was a LITTLE crispier--but even that passed as it cooled (by that time I'd jammed most of it in my mouth; I don't have to share). The crispiest parts were those with a layer of fat under the skin, like the outside of the leg.

One neat trick I tried was cutting a slit in the web between the breast and the thigh and sticking the end of the leg through it. No more floppy legs! And of course tucking the wings behind the shoulder.
Judy in San Diego


  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    I did the 500# chicken last week with chicken parts and the skin was relly good.


    Caledon, ON


  • guzzijasonguzzijason Posts: 143
    Judy Mayberry wrote:
    It was a LITTLE crispier--but even that passed as it cooled (by that time I'd jammed most of it in my mouth; I don't have to share). The crispiest parts were those with a layer of fat under the skin, like the outside of the leg.

    Interesting observation about the fat. Next time, you might want to try running you fingers under the skin on the brests (and thighs for that matter) to separate it from the meat. Then, push a few pats of butter under the skin.

    Spatchcocking the bird and cooking at 500-degrees will also help get that crackling skin.

  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,991
    Thanks for the tip. This was spatchcocked. At 500º, I would worry about the bottom facing the coals getting cremated, and the skin too dark, before the thigh and leg are cooked enough. Even at 350º, the skin on the bottom was really charred. At 40 minutes, though, perfectly cooked.

    What do you think?
    Judy in San Diego
  • guzzijasonguzzijason Posts: 143
    Indirect heat would be the way to go. To be honest, I haven't done it in the egg yet (I'm a new egghead!) but I've done 500-degree chicken countless times in the oven. When the chicken is laid flat, you can rotate the legs up and over the breasts which offers protection for the breast, keeping it from cooking too fast.

  • DynaGreaseballDynaGreaseball Posts: 1,409
    I do my 500 degree chickens up side down. Yes, the breast meat on the grid. While I haven't spatchcocked one yet, I can assure you that all the meat--especially the breast meat--is juicy and tender. The skin is crispy all over the bird. I do not use any oil or rub, just a little salt and pepper, and I don't put anything between the meat and the skin...just plop it down on the grid, up side down. I use my plate setter, but no raised grid. Made them about 6 times so far, and it's consistantly the best chicken I've made.
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Did you oil the skin? I've also found that 24 hours isn't enough time for the skin to completely dry out. You can see the change in the skin as it dries. It becomes somewhat transluscent and leathery. You want the whole bird to be like that. Good luck!
    The Naked Whiz
  • how long did you cook the bird at 500 degrees?
    Thanks Jerome
  • DynaGreaseballDynaGreaseball Posts: 1,409
    One hour. Also, they have all been under 4 lbs.
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,991
    Yep, oiled the skin before I rubbed in the Raging River. I did see the translucent, leathery look and it had a kind of hard feel to it.

    I'll try the plate setter next time, though that will take it out of the "fast cooking" category that I like about it. Time to preheat, probably more time to cook.
    Judy in San Diego
  • Thats exactly how I do mine, best chicken I have ever cooked.
  • RivermuteRivermute Posts: 35
    I have heard that chinese cooks dip chicken/duck/goose in boiling water before transfering to ice water and patting dry. Supposedly this makes for SUPER crispy skin. Anyone try this method?
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