But Really, What’s the Right Temperature for Cooked Chicken?

Below, we’re sharing an excerpt from the Food52 cookbook, Dynamite Chicken, to answer one of life’s most important questions: At what temperature should my cooked chicken end up, and how do I get it there?

Anybody who tells you that one part of the …

Below, we're sharing an excerpt from the Food52 cookbook, Dynamite Chicken, to answer one of life's most important questions: At what temperature should my cooked chicken end up, and how do I get it there?


Anybody who tells you that one part of the chicken is better than another part of the chicken is not somebody whose culinary advice you need to take too seriously. But even though it all comes from the same bird, chicken parts have different flavors and functions in recipes, and different cook times and temperatures to reach to get the best out of them. Here’s a guide to chicken cooking temps in general, a breakdown on how I like to cook separate chicken parts, and a bunch of different ways you can cook your chicken to get to the result we all want: flavorful, succulent meat.

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