Chefs’ tip #10
Rest your chicken
Do you rest chicken before serving it? Here’s why it makes all the difference.
Resting chicken is a simple way to keep the meat tender and juicy. During the cooking process, the heat forces the juices towards the centre of the meat. Allowing it to rest, gives these juices time to distribute and reabsorb throughout the meat.
- Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven.
- Loosely cover the meat with a piece of tin foil or kitchen cloth and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Use this time to make gravy or sauce.
Bonus tip: Turn the chicken over halfway through the resting time to let the juices flow back into the breasts.