Woman claims the secret to a perfect roast chicken is cooking it with a £300 hair dryer

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The secret to mouth-watering chicken skin? Erm, a hair dryer according to one food writer… [Photo: Getty]

A food critic has stunned fans with her unusual way of roasting a chicken.

Helen Rosner, a food writer for the New Yorker, took to Twitter to upload a photograph of herself blow-drying a whole chicken with a £299.99 Dyson Supersonic hair dryer.

She captioned the bizarre snap, which soon garnered over 1,600 likes: “Happy snow day, I am using an astonishingly expensive hair dryer to remove all moisture from a chicken to maximise skin crispiness when I roast it.”

Rosner posted the unusual image alongside a recipe for the roast chicken but of course, followers were more intrigued by the stage which included, erm, a hair dryer.

She revealed to Allure: “For crisp skin, whether you’re cooking a chicken or a duck or a fish, you want there to be as little water moisture as possible, which is sped up by a fan. And that’s all a hairdryer really is – a handheld fan that you can pretty easily bring into the kitchen.”

But surprisingly, the writer isn’t the mastermind behind the unusual technique as she credits cookbook author Marcella Hazan for coming up with the idea back in the 1970s.

But of course, Rosner is the first to use the cult beauty must-have to ensure golden chicken skin every single time.

For those of us who sadly do not own the professional piece of hair-drying equipment, it’s crucial to note that the Dyson Supersonic isn’t the only tool that will do the job.

“You could use any hair dryer on the chicken – even one that doesn’t have a ‘cool’ setting, though it’ll smell a little chicken-y while you heat-style it,” she explained to Allure.

She continued: “The fact that it’s way, way, way better at drying my hair than any other dryer I’ve tried is just a bonus. The fact that it helps my roast chicken be so great is a double bonus.”

So there you have it. Next time you’re organising a family Sunday lunch, make sure to whip out your hair dryer for a failsafe chicken dinner.

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