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HOW TO: Knowing When It's Done

The Thermometer is Your Friend

  • Digital instant read meat thermometer
    • Insert in the chicken after cooking for a quick read. If the chicken needs more time, remove the thermometer and continue cooking.
  • Oven meat thermometer
    • Stays in the chicken throughout the cooking process. Gauge the temperature on the dial.
Temperature Guide

Use your meat thermometer to ensure doneness and safely cook poultry to its optimum quality. Place thermometer in the thickest part of the cut, without touching bone.

Temperature by Parts
Whole Chicken, Turkey, Cornish Hen 180°F
Drums, Legs, Thighs, Boneless Thighs, Wings 180°F
Breasts, Boneless Breasts, Boneless Thighs 170°F
Ground Chicken, Ground Turkey 165°F
Foods held warm to serve 140°-165°F


Ensure doneness with a meat thermometer.

Refrigerate any leftover chicken immediately & use within 3-5 days.