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Nov 18, 2012 04:11 PM

Are Toaster Ovens Real?

Tried broiling chicken thighs in my toaster oven, and it didn't work so well. Are toaster ovens good for 'real' cooking? Are there some types of cooking where they work well, or not? Are some toaster ovens really usable, while others are just for toast?

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  1. I use my toaster oven to broil and bake all the time. It works as long as you aren't putting anything too big in there. I wouldn't recommend chicken thighs for the toaster oven unless you are baking just one.

    1. With only a two person household I've used a toaster oven for a lot of our needs for years. I had a Cuisinart for about ten years and bought the Breville last year. I've made all kinds of chicken pieces in both (bone in) with no issues.

      What didn't work?

      1. I'm curious about what happened and what kind of toaster oven you have.

        We have a Breville now, and I use it all the time for "real" cooking, not just toast. I've roasted veg in there, bake chicken & fish in there, chicken fingers, fish sticks, etc. Also toast bread & bagels and make open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches. I think it depends on the oven. I grew up with a Black & Decker Toast R Oven and that never seemed to do well with anything but toast and open faced cheese sammies.


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        1. re: gansu girl

          I have a Black & Decker oven, about 1-1/2 years old. I tried broiling two chicken thighs. They seemed to take too long, never really browning, and I thought they might catch on fire a few times. The broiling pan got totally twisted.

          1. re: andabien

            Yeah, that's what I thought - like I said, the Black & Decker I grew up with, I'd never trust for "real" food . . . so if you'd like to upgrade (and the Brevilles, etc. are much more $), then you can have the ability to do real food . . . flaming chicken thighs is quite a visual!!


          2. re: gansu girl

            I have a Black & Decker, unsure of age. We ran out of propane last night while I had dinner in the oven. I used the toaster oven to finish up the roasted potatoes, then sliced up the venison roast and threw it in for ten minutes to get it to medium rare.

            It did just fine with that, but I've never tried to use it to cook something from start to finish. I was going to try that out tonight in case we don't get more propane, but now you have me worried.

          3. We use ours for pizza, fish, reheating things like chicken or breads, toast obviously, have done gratins in it as well. Made lasagna in my mother in laws but hers is better, and I would just use my microwave oven for lasagna now anyways. I use the toaster a lot, and it was just a cheap $20 toaster oven.

            1. For me, convection is the key. I was never fully successful with plain toaster ovens, as there are "hot spots". Now I have a countertop convection oven, bought after my stove died. I haven't bought another full-sized stove - I am perfectly happy with this, though of course that would not work for a family. I've done four chicken legs at once, made lovely lasagna for four, pizza, roasted vegetables etc.