Friday, February 19, 2010
I want to know how people roast chicken without smoking up the place? Seriously. I need this answered.
I once tried to roast a whole chicken in my apartment and it was complete insanity. I had the oven on super hot — maybe 425 or 450. It was what the recipe recommended. The chicken spit grease all over my oven and burnt and smoke started pouring into my kitchen. I had the dinky exhaust fan on high but that doesn't help much. I'm pretty sure it was just pushing the smoke around the room.
Then, my ear-splitting smoke detector went off. I'm pretty sure my entire apartment complex heard it. Nothing was actually burning on the chicken.. it was pretty much just the grease I think. Then, I have to clean my oven the following day or else it smokes up anytime I put my oven up to 400 degrees.
I was convinced it was my el cheapo apartment oven and bad exhaust that was the culprit, so I tried roasting these chicken thighs in my mom's oven. Same smoke problem, only this time, the smoke detector didn't go off because there's plenty of space between the oven, plus a window to help vent the smoke.
I know people roast chickens all the time.. so there has to be some trick to it. I can't believe people put up with the smoke, the lingering smell and the dirty, greasy oven afterward. So what's the deal?