Preparing Chicken

Tegel has a large range of delicious chicken products that help you to create meals for you and your family. To make it even easier, we’ve got some tips and tricks you can use when preparing and cooking your chicken.

All of our Tegel products have different instructions, so if you are ever in doubt, you can always check the label or packaging as well.


Food safety:

  • Do not wash or rinse raw chicken. This increases the risk of cross contamination in your kitchen and food preparation area. As long as the chicken is cooked properly in a hot oven, any bacteria will be killed during the cooking process.
  • Whenever you’re handling raw meat & poultry, always wash your hands regularly & use the 20/20 rule: wash for 20 seconds, dry for 20 seconds.
  • Use a clean plastic chopping board when preparing raw chicken. Wooden chopping boards are not suitable for raw meat as they are more porous and harder to clean. Alternatively, you can prepare your chicken directly in the oven dish you will roast it in.
  • Ensure you wash all cutting boards, utensils, knives and surfaces with hot, soapy water or antibacterial spray after preparing raw chicken and before you prepare your next ingredient.

Preparing Chicken to roast:

  • There are many different ways to prepare a chicken for roasting, including a wet brine, dry brine, glaze, marinade, dry rub or simply rubbing butter all over and under the skin before roasting. You can even try wrapping it in bacon or making a flavoured rubbing butter!
  • Always ensure to season your chicken generously inside the cavity and all over the skin.