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Don't Preheat Your Oven Before Cooking Chicken Thighs

• arclein
Preheating the oven is, for the most part, a scam. Unless you're baking a recipe that includes some sort of leavening agent, you're wasting the energy being expended by your oven as it works to reach its target temperature. In some cases, gently heating your food along with the oven even offers a few benefits. One of those cases is bacon; another one is chicken, especially chicken thighs. Much like bacon, chicken thighs contain a good deal of fat. Unlike bacon, they also contain a lot of connective tissue, mostly collagen. Both fat and collagen do best with a prolonged, slow cook, which gives that thick layer of fat under the skin time to render out, resulting in crispier skin. It also gives the collagen time to melt into gelatin,