Chicken dish; what is the right cooked temp of chicken?

What is the right temperature to cook chicken
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“cooked temp of chicken”; You want to cook chicken? You are not sure of cooking temperature and you don’t know when it’s fully done? You are confused if the cooking temperature is the same for a whole chicken and for pieces of chicken; chicken wings, chicken tights, or chicken breast. Our article will reassure that it is not a big mystery.

You obviously don’t want to serve only cooked chicken but more than cooked chicken, especially when it’s about chicken breasts, which tend to be dry if you cook them for too long.

In the United States, many Americans overcook their chicken until dryness; thus, the chicken will no more taste like chicken, but it will taste like a piece of rubber or chalk.

Consequently, it is important to cook the chicken meat at the adequate internal temperature to ensure a soft, tender, and juicy meat, ready and safe to eat. Because overcooked or undercooked chicken may potentially make you sick. Why is that? To find out the answer and more keep reading to know the right cooking temperature of chicken and chicken pieces by following the temperature guide.

What is the right temperature to cook chicken?

When it comes to cook chicken, there are many cooking temperatures to keep in mind. There is the temperature of the oven, and there is the temperature of the chicken itself.

According to the international food code, the right internal temperature of cooking a chicken is 165° Fahrenheit.

Cooked chicken; food safety concerns

Verifying the internal temperature is very important for food safety, especially when it comes to chicken. Bacteria called Salmonella live in chicken. These bacteria live in a range temperature of 35-117° F, that’s why the food code recommends cooking chicken at an internal temperature of 165° F because cooking food to a high enough temperature can kill Salmonella bacteria.

Most people don’t check the cooking temperature of the chicken, and they just rely on the external indicators of cooking. They check if the chicken is done by looking if it is no longer pink inside, or if the juices run clear when they cut the cooked chicken.

Temperature and time; food safety concerns

Safety is not the only aspect of cooking time. Most people tend to overcook their chicken, which can dry out the meat. From chicken breast to whole roasted chicken, follow the temperature and time guide hereafter, to ensure a perfect and safe cooking every time.

A meat thermometer can measure the internal temperature. Insert the thermometer in different places, making sure to check the breasts and thighs which are the thickest parts of the chicken. You can get a meat thermometer at any grocery store; they are available in different shapes and prices.

The cooking temperature and time vary, depending on the size and pieces of chicken (tights, breast, wings), the presence or absence of bone.

Baking chicken in the oven

To successfully roast chicken, it takes from 15 to 20 minutes of cooking at 350 ° F for 500 g of meat. For tasty meat, remember to garnish the chicken with garlic, rosemary, spices, and baste it regularly during cooking.

Cooking chicken in a pan

You can cook chicken in the pan, but the cooking time will depend on the size of the piece chosen. A whole fillet takes longer to cook than fillet cubes. For chicken fillet cubes, it takes between 8 and 12 minutes depending on the size, while whole, it takes from 10 minutes to 15 minutes depending on the thickness.

Cooking chicken in court-bouillon

You can poach a whole chicken for 1 hour in court-bouillon for 1.3 kg poultry, or 25 to 30 minutes for thighs. The result will be very tender; the spices and herbs added to the water, will have delicately flavored the meat.

Chicken breast

Concerning chicken breast, they are lean than other pieces of chicken; therefore, they risk to be overcooked and getting dry and stringy, meanwhile, If you cut the breast into pieces or slices and you want to check their cooking, you’ll allow the juices to run out, and you may lose flavor. Consequently, it is better and recommended to use a meat thermometer to check when the meat is in the correct internal temperature.

Generally, the boneless chicken breasts are cooked at about 155° F for about 35 minutes, for chicken breast in bone, you will need to add about 10 minutes of cooking time.

Chicken safe temperature chart, food safety concerns

Chicken safe temperature chart

This chart adopts the guidelines from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for food manufacturers.


To cook a chicken properly, it requires knowing what temp to cook a chicken as well as the proper internal cooking temperatures, which differ depending on the size and type of chicken as well as the chosen cooking method. For this, you need to follow some cooking tips and using a meat thermometer to check out the right temperature. By following the temperature and time chart, you’ll achieve a juicer and testier chicken that is safe to eat. Happy coking!!

Originally published on Live Positively.

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