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How to Know When Chicken is Done

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Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 

Today: Never doubt the doneness of your whole chicken.

A simple, whole roasted chicken is the most comforting dinner after a long day -- and easily shared between family members, and even guests at an intimate dinner party. But before carving into a crispy, juicy whole chicken, it's important to make sure that your bird is done.

Our test kitchen director, Jennifer, shows us two ways to assure that it's done: first, by simply sticking a thermoter into the bird, and second, by prying open the space between the leg and the thigh. Once you realize how easy it is to know when your chicken is done, go ahead and try your hand at cooking up this Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken.

This video was shot and edited by Kyle Orosz

Tags: kitchen confidence, chicken, whole chicken, how to, video, cooking, food safety, how-to & diy

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Comments (7)


6 months ago Karol

Silly… but it was a different chicken the second time. :) She checked for clear juices by cutting the birds thigh, then when she took it out of the oven the second time, no original cut. I need to get a life.


7 months ago joschus

I was referred to this video to learn where to insert the thermometer and to see where to cut into the chicken to twdr for doneness. In both instances the camera showed the lady's face instead if the chicken. I would have learned more by watching her deal with the chicken rather than seeing her face.


7 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Excellent point, joschus. Fortunately, the alternate method of checking the color of the juices is quite reliable. ;o)


7 months ago Sam

I have heard all my life from various people that the internal temperature of meat will increase a few degrees once it is taken from the oven. As far as I can tell with my thermometers, the temperature begins to drop almost immediately.


over 2 years ago darksideofthespoon

I have to say, Jennifer is a beautiful lady, however the face she's making at the very beginning of the video made me spit my coffee out. ;)


over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You say it's ready to carve and serve. Won't you be letting it rest first? (And if so, will the internal temperature increase during the rest?) ;o)


over 2 years ago TheGreedyFork

reaching the required temp kills the harmful bacteria, so in letting it rest (which will make it better and easier to carve), and cool, is fine