Kitchen Confidence

How to Know When Chicken is Done

By • February 13, 2013 • 3 Comments

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

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over 1 year 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. ;)

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over 1 year 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)

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over 1 year 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