Cook chicken to 165 degrees to ensure that it is safe to eat.
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A food thermometer helps you know that your food is fully cooked.

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures

Use the chart below and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature. Remember, you can't tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at it. Any cooked, uncured red meats - including pork - can be pink, even when the meat has reached a safe internal temperature.

Why the Rest Time is Important

After you remove meat from a grill, oven, or other heat source, allow it to rest for the specified amount of time. During the rest time, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys harmful germs.

The following table is from the US Dept. of Agriculture fact sheet, "Using a Food Thermometer." Check out the new brochure "Is It Done Yet?" and learn more at

Safe food temperature chart 

Last updated June 21, 2024