How do I choose the best chicken dish?

A pizza baking in the oven.

You can choose the best chicken dish by closely investigating the size and structural integrity of the options available. Chicken skillets are two-piece metal roasting pans designed to withstand the high temperatures of broilers and encourage browning and crisping. Generally, the top of a roasting pan has holes or slats to allow for fat and moisture to drain and air flow. The secondary shallow skillet has a solid base to collect all runoff from grilled food. A baking sheet must fit within the dimensions of the pan to bake completely flat and cook food evenly.

A frying pan.

Take measurements of the width and depth of the grilling area where the grill pan will be used. Record chicken dimensions along with manufacturer name and model name or number. Consult your chicken owner’s manual to see if a matching board is available for the model you are using. Read the chicken manufacturer’s recommended roaster set description to find out what materials were used and what features it offers.

Most skillets have a stainless steel, porcelain or nonstick finish. Stainless steel pans are very durable, but they can cause some foods to stick. Porcelain-lined baking pans release food better than stainless ones, but can still be difficult to remove from cooked fat. Non-stick varieties are the easiest to clean, but they must be handled with care so as not to damage the surface. Frying pans made with thicker gauge metal generally retain and reflect heat better to the food.

Visit appliance retailers with chicken measurements, manufacturer information and a tape measure to personally evaluate potential chicken tray options. Measure the chicken trays that are on sale or look for a list of their dimensions on the outside of the box. Ask salespeople at each store if they have any personal experience or product knowledge that would help you make a baking decision. Separate the two pieces from each baking sheet and put them back together to make sure they nestle well and have no rough edges or flaws in the finish. If a display model you’re looking at already shows damage when it hasn’t seen the heat of a grill yet, you can bet that it will take a little time for this type of pan to show damage from regular use.

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