Q: How do you handle preparing a meal on time when each plate requires a different oven temperature? Let's say you want to make baked chicken breasts (450°F) and baked apples (375°F for 40 minutes). Is there a way to combine both?
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Editor: Presuming you're cooking these things for one meal, it might be easier to do some strategic planning rather than changing the cooking temperature for these dishes. Now, I think it's safe to assume you're having the baked apples for dessert, but that doesn't mean you need to cook them last. Make them before the chicken and hold off on adding any of the last-minute flourishes (aka don't sprinkle over any of the final toppings). Make the chicken right before serving so it's still hot when you bring it to the table. A few minutes before dessert, pop the apples back in the oven for warming through.