Our chicken is locked in the oven!!! We put the chicken in at 500 degrees, which may be the problem? Anyway, it won't open! We have turned it off, turned the circuit breaker off, and nothing. What do we do? Its a GE model. Thanks so much!
The recipe said 500?!?! This is why I don't cook!!!! Mother and husband are fighting and our poor chicken is probably about to implode! But why is the oven so stubborn when the circuit breaker is totally off?
Self cleaning ovens lock when the clean cycle is active. At 500 you may have triggered this lock. Different ovens unlock at different times, some are by temp and some are by amount of time. It *should* open when the temp goes down, but likely too late for the chicken.
Just remember, you WILL laugh about this some day!
A few years ago on Thanksgiving, my mother flung our turkey gravy all over the kitchen. And I mean ALL OVER. The fridge, the walls, the ceiling. It was a disaster at the time...now it's a favorite holiday story in our family.
Not quite off topic - and I definitely feel for the OP in panic mode - I bet that there are more than 3 people (OP, DH and Mother) waiting for dinner. I also bet that your DH did not stand in front of the oven (as mine did) with you standing there with the roaster in both hands saying "How do you open this?"
Please let us know how it turns out in the end ( your day.....we think we know how the chicken is going to turn out). LOL
Sorry. You sound like my friend who joined the gourmet club. First time she hosted, the oven timer alarm went off and, because she had never heard it before, thought it was the smoke alarm. Good luck with dinner. Let us know what happened.
Ok, seriously, that was a great idea to turn everything off, just in case you were about to start a fire there.
Now, maybe you could possibly, carefully, turn the breakers back on and see what happens and go from that.
If nothing happens see what you could do next if it still won't open.
It is hard to say, without being right there.
So I did turn it all back on and it still won't open. We have tried unscrewing the front door - which made my mother scream "don't ruin my oven!" - that she never uses. Then she brought out the fire extinguisher and is going on and on about how cooking is something the devil invented. My poor english husband trying to recreate the culinary christmas memories of his youth is beside himself. The only ones excited will be the Jack Russells who will more than likely sometime tomorrow morning get the Xmas chicken to themselves!