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How To Check Chicken Temperature

11/04/2011 11:31 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

For 60 years, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. In this video series, experienced chefs and educators show you how to tackle essential cooking techniques.

Watch this video to learn how to accurately check the temperature of a roasting chicken.

Video Transcript


I'm Chef Rob Mullooly from the Culinary Institute of America, and today I'm going to show you this kitchen basic: how to check the temperature of a roasted chicken.

This chicken's been in the oven for about forty-five minutes.

I'm going to show you where to put the thermometer inside the chicken to tell when it's done. What you're looking for is 165 degrees. But oftentimes, people don't know where to put the thermometer, and they might be putting it in the wrong place. The proper place to put the thermometer is into the thickest, densest part of the chicken. We place it just between the breast, the leg, and the thigh, and press it right inside - and this thermometer should rise up to 165.

At 165 degrees, your chicken is properly roasted. And that's how you check the correct doneness of a chicken.

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