Can you cook chicken in a toaster oven? (3 Things to be careful of)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘Can you cook chicken in a toaster oven?’ We will discuss a couple of procedures you could follow to cook chicken in a toaster oven. We will also contemplate the ease of use that the toaster oven has to offer.

Can you cook chicken in a toaster oven?

You can cook chicken in a toaster oven. However, be sure that the chicken has been cooked all the way through to prevent food-borne sickness. A toaster oven is a versatile cooking appliance that can bake or broil a large variety of food. Chicken that is cut into medium-sized pieces takes up an average of 30 minutes to cook, while the entire method that includes preparation and cooking will not take anymore than an hour. 

How to cook chicken in a toaster oven?

To cook chicken in a toaster in a toaster oven, you must start by preheating the toaster oven at 450 Fahrenheit, line the toaster oven with a foil, and reduce the temperature to 425 Fahrenheits before you place the chicken inside. 

Let us look at the process required to prepare a nice chicken meal in your toaster oven:

Preparing your chicken

  • Make sure your chicken has been thawed. Let your frozen chicken sit in the fridge overnight before you cook it in a toaster oven, otherwise, it will not cook properly.
  • The ingredients to use are some chopped-up onions and garlic, while you wait for the toaster oven to reach a temperature of 450 Fahrenheit. Alternatively, you can marinate and coat the chicken. 
  • To marinate the chicken, use Italian dressing and buttermilk and let it sit for four hours. Marination is a good method before baking, which makes sure that the chicken doesn’t dry out during baking. However, if you choose to skip the marination, you can baste the chicken while you cook to retain the moistness of the chicken
  • To coat the chicken, use a mixture of cornmeal, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic. THen use breadcrumbs to coat the chicken evenly from both the side sides.

To bake the prepared chicken in a Toaster oven:

  • Place a foil on the toaster oven and use a non-fat cooking spray to prevent the chicken from sticking to it.  However, if you use chicken with skin intact, you can not the cooking spray. put your vegetables including onions and garlic on the sheet and the chicken pieces on top. ENsure that the chicken pieces are laid sufficiently apart to allow heat to reach the insides. Also if you are using deskinned chicken, place the shin side up.
  • To season the chicken pieces, add a generous drizzle of olive oil over the chicken pieces. You could use herbs like thyme, sage, marjoram, and rosemary to add flavor to your chicken. don’t forget to add salt and pepper.
  • You are now ready to put the chicken inside the toaster oven. Reduce the temperature to 425 Fahrenheit and place the chicken inside, steering away from the walls and edges of the toaster oven. If you are unable to leave space against the walls or the top of the toaster oven, it means that you need to cut the chicken pieces short. 
  • The average cooking time required would be around 20 minutes. Check the chicken around this time, until you are accustomed to the cooking time your toaster oven requires. However, to prevent your chicken from drying out, we recommend that you baste it every 7-10 minutes.
  • Prepare the baste by adding a few tablespoons of either butter or olive oil, pepper, and crushed garlic. To baste the chicken, take the tray out of the toaster oven and let the baste drizzle on top every 7-10 minutes.

Why is a toaster oven a good cooking option for many?

A toaster oven is a versatile cooking appliance that is power efficient, compact, and quick. It is appropriate for cooking meals for one or two people in a jiffy. 

You can do everything in a  toaster oven that you can in a regular oven, including preparing both savories and desserts. It circulates heat rather efficiently and a better heat penetration allows the food to be cooked in a comparatively shorter time.

Toaster ovens moderate their temperatures quite well, coupled with an efficient circulation of heat makes them superior to regular ovens. Their small size ensures that they fit even in the smallest kitchens.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘Can you cook chicken in a toaster oven?’ We discussed a couple of procedures you could follow to cook chicken in a toaster oven. We also contemplated the ease of use that the toaster oven has to offer.

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Citations

https://www.livestrong.com/article/447721-how-to-bake-chicken-in-a-toaster-oven/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2020/03/02/why-you-should-use-your-toaster-oven-as-more-oven-less-toaster/
https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-cook-chicken-in-a-dutch-oven/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.