To get a marinated chicken to be golden brown on the outside, maybe a bit crispy, and tender on the inside, which is a better approach:

  1. Cook it on high heat until it browns, then cover it and cook it on very low heat until done
  2. Cover it and cook it for a couple of hours on low heat, then uncover it and blast it on high until it browns
  3. Other

In the past I've cooked it on low heat, circa 190 celsius, for three hours, uncovered. It's tender and juicy, but it doesn't crisp.

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    Have you considered brining? I think that might help with the crispy. Check out previous SA articles on brining like this one. You might also get a different outcome with a lower temperature (175C / 350F) rather than 190C (375F). Good luck (and welcome to SA)!
    – hoc_age
    Dec 24, 2014 at 17:21

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You make no mention of basting. 190 is more than high enough though 3 hours sounds a bit long. Basting fat over the skin throughout cooking is the key to crispy skin. Covering it is a sure way to soggy skin.

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