How to Cook Chicken in a Toaster Oven

By Dana Poblete

A toaster oven can be a pretty handy little appliance, especially in a small kitchen. Most models have timers and can be set to bake or broil at certain temperatures; consider these mini-ovens. They're also a good energy-saving option for people who cook only one or two servings at a time. Most toaster ovens may be too small to hold a whole chicken, but you can still roast chicken parts in them, just as you would in a normal oven.

Roasted chicken legs
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Roasted chicken legs

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Step 1

Set the toaster oven to bake and preheat it to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Coarsely chop a small onion and a few cloves of garlic.

Step 3

Line the toaster oven tray with foil. Put a layer of onions and garlic on the foil, then lay the chicken on top. Put as many parts from a whole chicken that will fit into the tray without being packed too tightly. Lay the chicken parts skin-side up. Put any remaining pieces of onion and garlic between the chicken pieces.

Step 4

Drizzle the chicken parts with olive oil, a least 1 teaspoon per piece. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, and fresh or dried herbs like sage, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary.

Step 5

Turn the oven down to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and put the chicken in. Make sure chicken isn't touching the walls of the oven and that there's about an inch between the meat and the top heating element. Cook the chicken for about 20 minutes.

Step 6

In a separate pan over the stove, melt a few tablespoons of butter and add pepper and a clove of crushed garlic. Olive oil may be used instead of butter. Use this to baste the chicken every 7 minutes while it's cooking.

Step 7

Baste the chicken with the juices in the tray once or twice during the last 10 minutes of cooking.