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How To Cook Frozen Chicken From Sidco Foods?

  • 24 Dec 2021
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For all those people who find chicken to be their soul food, getting it frost-free and then cook, might seem like waiting for your soulmate for a long time. But FYI, you can cook chicken straight out from the freezer.  

This blog is your ultimate guide for cooking your frozen chicken right. The do’s and the don'ts and the proper cooking temperature and time for chicken breasts, thighs, wings and more.

(1) Cooking frozen chicken without thawing it

Safety is the foremost important aspect of cooking meat; however, as per food guidelines and authorities and frozen chicken suppliers in UAE, cooking frozen chicken is safe. Still, it takes time to cook 50% longer than usual. 

Remember never to cook the frozen chicken in a slow cooker or microwave. A slow cooker cooks it too slowly and allows the meat to spend a lot of time in the danger temperature zone range, between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In this particular temperature zone, bacterias are most likely to grow. On the other hand, the microwave cooks it too quickly, even before the interior of the chicken gets sufficient time to reach the safe minimum internal temperature, which is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Suppose you defrost the meat in the microwave. In that case, you must cook it immediately so as not to be left in the dangerous temperature zone. 

Ways to cook frozen chicken:-

Even though all of the following methods allow you to cook your chicken straight out of the freezer without needing to thaw it, you must remember two important things. 

1. The cooking time will take 50% longer than usual.

2. Use an instant-read thermometer to check whether the meat has reached the safe internal temperature zone of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

(2) Cooking frozen chicken in the oven

Roasting frozen chicken in the oven is similar to roasting fresh. However, only one has to cook it longer. Therefore, it is advised to cook the chicken at a lower temperature than frost-free, about 350 to 365 degrees Fahrenheit, to balance the increased cooking time. 

Instructions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit to ready it for the meat. After that, arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. 

2. Take a baking sheet and line it with foil. 

3. Brush the chicken with oil, seasonings, and sauces you prefer.

4. Roast uncovered. Time varies for different chicken pieces. 

5. Use an instant-read thermometer and check whether the meat is done. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Once it reads at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, your chicken is done.

6. Let the meat rest 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. 

How long frozen chicken must be cooked in the oven?

Once you have preheated your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, different pieces of the meat take a different amount of time to cook and achieve an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

1. For a frozen chicken breast (boneless), 4 to 6 ounces: takes 30 to 45 minutes.

2. For frozen chicken breast (bone-in) 6 to 8 ounces: takes 45 to 60 minutes

3. For 4 to 8 ounces for frozen chicken thighs: take 60 to 75 minutes.

4. For frozen chicken tenders, 2 to 4 ounces: takes 28 to 33 minutes.

5. 2 to 3 ounces of frozen chicken wings: takes 45 to 60 minutes.

6. For frozen chicken drumsticks, 4 ounces: take 53 to 68 minutes.

(3) Cooking frozen chicken on the stovetop 

Frozen chicken must be cooked sim on the stovetop and in a pan sauce, jarred sauce, broth, or a moist sauce for juicier meat.

Instructions:

1. Place the meat in a sauté pan or pot and season with your choice of seasonings.

2. Once you have covered the chicken with broth and sauce, bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. 

3. Reduce to a simmer, cover it, and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How long frozen chicken must be cooked on a stovetop?

1. For a frozen chicken breast (boneless), 4 to 6 ounces: takes 38 to 45 minutes.

2. For frozen chicken breasts (bone-in) 6 to 8 ounces: take 53 to 68 minutes.

3. For 4 to 8 ounces for frozen chicken thighs: take 60 to 75 minutes.

4. 2 to 3 ounces of frozen chicken wings: takes 53 to 68 minutes.

5. For frozen chicken drumsticks, 4 ounces: take 60 to 75 minutes.

(4) Cooking frozen chicken in an instant pot

As the name suggests, instant pot makes cooking frozen chicken fast and easy.

Instructions:

1. Place the frozen meat in an instant pot in a single layer with no overlap. 

2. Sprinkle chicken with your preferred seasoning. 

3. Add around one cup of chicken broth to the instant pot. 

4. Use the “manual” button for cooking under high pressure. 

5. Release the pressure for at least 5 minutes naturally, and only then release the remainder of the pressure by releasing all of it quickly.

6. Allow the meat to rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes before slicing or shredding. 

How long frozen chicken must be cooked in an instant pot?

1. For a frozen chicken breast (boneless), 4 to 6 ounces: takes 10 to 15 minutes.

2. 4 to 8 ounces of frozen chicken thighs take 13 to 15 minutes.

3. For frozen chicken tenders, 2 to 4 ounces: takes 6 minutes.

4. For frozen chicken wings, 2 to 3 ounces: takes 12 minutes.

5. For frozen chicken drumsticks, 4 ounces: takes 12 minutes.

(5) Cooking frozen chicken in an air fryer 

An air fryer acts as a mini convection oven for your frozen meat, which circulates hot air around the meat until it’s cooked through. Remember not to stack the chicken on top of one another; instead, lay them out in a single layer. 

Instructions:

1. Preheat the air fryer to accurately 360 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2. Rub all the chicken pieces with oil and season it with seasonings of your choice. 

3. Add chicken pieces to the basket and cook, shaking or flipping it halfway through until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How long frozen chicken must be cooked in an air fryer?

1. For a frozen chicken breast (boneless), 4 to 6 ounces: take 18 to 20 minutes.

2. 4 to 8 ounces of frozen chicken thighs: take 20 to 22 minutes.

3. For frozen chicken tenders, 2 to 4 ounces: takes 13 minutes.

4. 2 to 3 ounces of frozen chicken wings: take 28 to 30 minutes. 

5. For frozen chicken drumsticks, 4 ounces: takes 25 to 30 minutes.

Now you need never wait for a lifetime to defrost your frozen chicken to enjoy it. Instead, cook it in whichever way suits you, and your soul food will be ready to treat your tastebuds in no time.

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