Chicken is one of those foods that is easy to overcook because many people are afraid of undercooking it and getting sick. How do you overcome this? Simple. Get a fast and accurate thermometer, cook to the correct and safe internal temperature, and never overcook chicken again.
Temperature Tip: The USDA-recommended temperature for chicken is 165°F
Whether you are cooking on the stove top, grill, or oven, use an instant-read thermometer, like the Thermapen, to check the internal temperature. To do this: Insert the tip of your Thermapen probe into the thermal center of the chicken. The chicken will be safe to eat at 165ºF. If your piece of chicken hasn’t reached that temperature yet, continue to cook it and check again regularly until it’s done. Learn more about getting an accurate temperature reading in chicken, here.
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I can’t think of another kitchen gadget that I like AND use more than my Thermapen thermometer AND my ChefAlarm. Sadly, I lost my “Thermo timer stick” that I used most often with my Big Green Egg. Having around my neck, I could continue working on other outdoor projects without checking my regular ChefAlarm.
The ChefAlarm comes in handy in so many ways outside of the kitchen area: timing for T.V. programs, and setting the alarm for “whatever”. This timer is particularly useful when it comes to “canning”. …checking for when the pressure cooking has reached the correct temperature to add the petcock. And, when it has reached the end of the processing time. Anyway, this favorite kitchen gadget is attached to me in so many ways.
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