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Broiled Chicken
Posted: 18 September 2012 03:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Joined  2012-07-30

How far away from the heating element should my chicken be if I want to broil it?

Posted: 18 September 2012 03:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Joined  2011-10-23

The distance between the food and the heat source depends on a couple of things - the type of food being broiled and how closely you want to watch it!

If cooking something delicate like a fish fillet, I suggest arranging the pan so it’s 8 to 12 inches from the heat.  If it’s much closer it tends to char the outside and the inside doesn’t get cooked through.

For heartier fare such as chicken, you can broil as close as 3 to 5 inches from the heat, as long as you are watching it closely and turn the chicken pieces every 3 to 5 minutes.  Also, regularly test the internal temperature so the chicken doesn’t get over cooked and dried out.  Any dish that you are broiling merely to get a nice brown, crisp topping should also be placed 3 to 5 inches from the heat, but again - keep a close eye on the food while it’s cooking so the top doesn’t burn.