Chicken / chicken cook temperature
Chicken thighs and wings need to be cooked until the internal
temperature is 180 degrees F. Chicken breasts need to reach an
internal temperature of 170 degrees F. Cooking times vary depend
on the cut of the chicken you are using. Thinner cuts require
less time as thicker cutes require longer cooking times.
A meat thermometer is the best way to determine if the chicken
is properly cooked. Cutting into chicken to determine if it is
cooked through is inconvenient and could release moisture from
the chicken causing it to be dry or just plain ugly. A good meat
thermometer will aid in preventing food borne illness and prevent
overcooking. Make sure the meat thermometer you purchase is designed
for meat and poultry and has the temperatures for both on the
Just about any kind of meat thermometer you could want can be
found at Tech Instrumentation. Ranging from about 10 dollars to
a couple of hundred dollars.
Poultry Button® - for chickens only
Created specifically for chicken, the poultry Button (pictured
at right) is a handy tool to have. For around $5 US the poultry
button takes the guesswork out of chicken temperature. You can
purchase a Poultry Button at www.BBQ-store.com.