To cook chicken to its fully cooked and safe temperature, we recommend using a meat thermometer and following the tips below. 

  • In the oven: 325° F is the lowest oven setting to safely cook chicken. 
  • On the stovetop: Make sure the product is cooked all the way through. High heat will brown the poultry, but after this occurs, turn down the heat. Covering the pan can also help the meat cook inside. proper cooking grilled chicken image
  • In the microwave: Follow a recipe for temperature and setting, stirring or rotating to be sure there are no cold spots.
  • On the grill: Grill chicken over medium-hot charcoal, or follow manufacturer's directions on a gas grill to avoid overcooking the outside, while undercooking the meat inside (Coals are medium-hot when you can hold your hand over them comfortably for 3 to 4 seconds).
  • Check for doneness. Watch for these signs, which indicate chicken is fully cooked.
    • Juices run clear
    • Use a meat thermometer registering the proper done temperature
    • 180° F - Breasts, Drumsticks, Thighs, & Wings
    • 170° F - Boneless Breasts & Boneless Thighs
  • Bring leftovers to a boil. Bring soups, sauces and gravies to a boil before serving them again, and heat leftovers such as casseroles to 165° F.