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Cooking chicken in an oven is an easy and healthy way to prepare chicken. Here are a few ways to do it:

Or, try these recipes:

Baked Nacho Cheese Chicken
45 Minutes

Jerk Chicken Drums & Thighs
4 Hours, 15 Minutes

One-Pan Chicken Dinner
45 Minutes

There are dozens of easy ways to cook chicken, here are some of our favourites:

Morocan Glazed Chicken
60 Minutes

Spicy Bombay Chicken Stew
50 Minutes

Harvest Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken
4 Hours, 20 Minutes

Need to get your chicken ready in a hurry? Stir-frying will have your chicken plate-ready in under 10 minutes. Slice your chicken into thin, even strips and cook in a lightly oiled pan over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the pieces reach 74°C and the juices are no longer pink.

There are many ways to cook a healthy chicken dish – it all depends on the seasonings you use. The healthiest way to cook chicken is always without seasonings, as these can be very high in sodium, and may contain hidden sugars. If you do plan on using seasonings, spices, or sauces (as most of us do!) try to look for a low sodium option with no added sugars.

Try these healthy recipes:

Lemony Grilled Chicken & Kale Salad
1 Hour, 20 Minutes

Southwest Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad
30 Minutes

Slow-Cooker Chicken Soup with Lemon and Orzo
5 Hours, 10 Minutes

Cooking time varies from cut to cut, and the size of the chicken you are cooking. Cooking time is only an estimation, the best method to determine if your chicken is done is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer:

  • Whole chicken should be cooked to 82°C (180°F)
  • Pieces, like breasts or drumsticks, should be cooked to 74°C (165°F)

Eating raw or undercooked chicken is not safe to eat. Luckily, it’s easy to check it your chicken is done cooking:

  • Use a meat thermometer to take the temperature in the thickest part of the breast or thigh, and make sure the thermometer doesn’t touch any bones.
  • Cook whole chicken to 82°C (180°F) or pieces of chicken to 74°C (165°F) and until the juices are no longer pink.
  • Keep a close eye on the temperature, it can be easy to overcook and dry out your chicken.

When you’re ready to cook, there are two ways to safely thaw a frozen chicken.

  • For best results, thaw frozen chicken in your refrigerator. Thawing times will vary depending on the cut and size of your chicken. Tip: this is also the easiest way!
  • To thaw a chicken in water, place chicken in a container and cover it with cold water. Be sure to change the water every 30 minutes to keep it as cold as possible. Continue until the chicken is thawed.
  • Never thaw frozen chicken on the counter, this promotes bacterial growth which may cause the meat to spoil.