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When roasting a whole chicken, baking thighs in the oven, or making the crispiest, juiciest fried chicken for Sunday supper, you want to make sure you cook the chicken thoroughly to safeguard guests against foodborne illnesses. Chicken is safe to eat and ready for the dinner table when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
How to Take the Internal Temperature of Chicken
If you don’t have a thermometer, an easy visual clue is that all the juices that come from the chicken should run clear and not be pink.