The best way to tell if your chicken is done is to take its temperature using a digital meat thermometer. Digital thermometers take the temperature reading at the tip of the thermometer probe so they work well for both thick and thin foods.

Choosing a digital thermometer

Cooking to the right temperature

What’s the right temperature?

TYPE OF CHICKEN TEMPERATURE*
Bone in chicken pieces 170F (77C)
Boneless chicken pieces 170F (77C)
Ground chicken (burgers, meatloaf) 175F (80C)
Whole chicken, stuffed or unstuffed 180F (83C)

* For the best eating experience.

Give it a rest!

Let your chicken rest after you take it out of the oven or off the grill. Loosely cover the chicken with foil and let it sit at room temperature so the juices can settle back into the meat. Boneless chicken pieces need about 5 minutes, bone in pieces 7-10 minutes, and whole birds about 15-20 minutes. Your chicken will be juicy, tender and delicious, and your family will thank you.