Baked chicken breast
Place the breast skin-side up, on top of a cooking rack placed inside a roasting pan (like this baking sheet and rack set). Using a cooking rack allows air to circulate around the chicken. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 degrees.
Gas ovens that contain their heating unit in the bottom may save the space as a broiler drawer. This is often a very narrow space that acts as a broiler and fits baking sheets and casserole dishes. It’s ideal for browning the tops of casseroles, caramelizing chicken skin, or even roasting vegetables.
What rack do you bake a cake on?
Too many recipes don’t even mention rack position or pan rotation. Go figure. To bake cake(s) on one rack: Position the rack in the lower third (just below center) of the oven. If baking more than one pan on the rack, rotate the pans from the front to the back a little over halfway through the baking time.
Can you use both racks in oven?
Yes, you can! Make sure to check the wings occasionally to see if the pans need to be switched to ensure even cooking. One of the racks may get hotter than the other. You can also make sure that both of the pans are placed as close to the center of the oven as possible by adjusting the rack positions.
For baking, heat needs to come from the bottom of the cooking space, not the top, which makes the heat come evenly from all sides. If you have a fan assisted oven, you need to adjust baking times.
When they stop heating, the solution is usually to replace the heating element. Ovens typically have two elements: one at the top for broiling, and one at the bottom for baking. The baking element usually has metal feet and simply rests on the oven floor.
What is the best oven setting for baking cakes?
The majority of cakes are baked in a regular oven at 180c (350F/Gas Mk 4), on the centre shelf of the oven.
Which rack is the hottest in an oven?
Most (if not all) ovens are hotter at the top than at the bottom. Thus, if you have two baking sheets in your oven, one on a higher rack and one on a lower rack, the one on the higher rack will cook faster. Therefore, it is important not only to rotate your pans from front to back, but also from top to bottom.