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I want to bake Chicken and Chocolate Chip Muffins in an overlapping time period, at the same temperature, in separate pans, of course.

I think it saves time, oven energy, and just is more convenient because both recipes happen to require the same temperature.

Is this ok / safe to do? Is it bad to bake meat with muffins?

Will the flavours meld wierdly?

Is there a certain arrangement the trays should be in?

Notes:

  • The chicken is covered with tin foil with some holes forked through for steam.
  • I don't think this is a duplicate because it's related to 2 different types of dishes. One is an meat dish, the other is Muffins - instead of 2 baked goods.
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It is absolutely safe to do so...

For most foods, I would say that there is no reason not to. If they are savory muffins like corn muffins to be served with the roast, I would not hesitate at all.

For sweet goods, with a high amount of butter or oil, there is some small risk of absorbing aromas. I would generally segregating strongly aromatic foods for baked goods. The foil should mitigate most of the possible transfer, but I wouldn't try it for the first time with guests.

  • +1 Thanks for your answer. Is there any research / reading to back this up regarding the safety? – Pdxd Mar 31 '14 at 2:02
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    I don't know how to address research: this is a an application of very basic principals. Even if you poured the foods into the same container and cooked them to an internal temperature of 160 F they would be safe. – SAJ14SAJ Mar 31 '14 at 2:04
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    @Pdxd : The only safety aspect that I can think of is that if you have a chance of drippage from the meat product, you may wish to make sure that it is below the other items being baked. – Joe Mar 31 '14 at 2:07

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