Monday, October 4, 2010

180 ... 350 ... What's the Diff!

It seemed to be a good idea. An easy dinner idea.

At least, it should have been easy.

Really, how hard is it to prepare roasted chicken? All the recipes, I found, stated that it was super easy.

Easy, if only I had read the E.N.T.I.R.E. cooking instructions. The recipe read: 350 degrees, for 2 hours, until it has an internal temperature of 180 degrees.

I read: 2 hours, at 180 degrees.

Yeah. Well. Plan B was scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes (which were prepared to go with the not so baked chicken), and leftover Chinese food. (Thank you Mom and Dad for visiting this weekend, so that we had leftover Chinese food in the fridge.)

And, no, not everyone had all three items. The boys had scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes (don't ask) and the rest of us enjoined leftovers, though EM did round off her meal with some mashed potatoes.

It is good to know, that my kids are very happy with re-hydrated mashed potato flakes.

So, 2 hours later, the chicken was finally cooked.

I asked Hubby to carve the chicken, I just couldn't figure out where to start cutting into the thing.

Well, had I placed the chicken breast-side up, as the instructions instructed me to do, then I may have known where to start carving. Instead, I baked the chicken upside down (really, in the realm of things, that isn't so bad. I mean, not as bad as cooking it at the wrong temperature.)

Either way, on the menu for tomorrow night is roasted chicken, with some reheated, re-hydrated mashed potatoes.


Menno Jeweler said...

Everybody has their kitchen-mistake stories! And actually you will be grateful that you cooked the chicken breast side down...I do that all the time now (on purpose!!) and have discovered that it makes the meat more tender! :-) Same thing with turkey.

Veronica said...

Sounds like something I would have done. When I was pregnant with #2 I forgot how to bake a cake. Filled the pans all the way to the top with batter and didn't understand why they started overflowing when they baked!