What Are Some Tips for Using a Ceramic Chicken-Shaped Roaster?

published Feb 9, 2016
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Q: I have a ceramic chicken roaster, given to me in 1965 while living in the San Francisco area.

I’ve lost the recipes that came with it; do you have any recipe tips that I might use?

Sent by Jan

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Editor: While the quirkiness of this chicken roaster makes it a playful statement piece in your kitchen, its cozy shape and domed top serve a function when roasting chicken. A chicken will easily sit in the roasting pan and the snug fit, along with the domed top, promotes the even circulation of heat during cooking. No hot spots here!

During the first leg of cooking, the chicken is roasted with the lid on. Any moisture that develops and collects on the lid will drop down over the chicken and baste it as it cooks. Remove the lid during the last few minutes to create a crispy, golden skin. The best part about this roaster: You won’t need a special recipe to benefit from it.

Are any Kitchn readers owners of a ceramic chicken cooker? Do you have tips for Jan?