Internal Temperature of Chicken and Turkey



At what temperature and how long should boneless chicken breasts cook in the oven?  I have recipes that calls for 20 minutes and ones for up to 1 1/2 hours – Nell Levy (10/28/09)



I, too, have seen recipes that call for cooking the chicken over a hour.  I just ignore their inaccurate times and use the following logic:

One and a half hours is much too long to cook the chicken at 350 degrees F.

The time your chicken will bake in the oven does depend on the internal temperature and the size of your chicken or chicken pieces. Generally I bake chicken at 350 degrees F. for 30 to 40 minutes.  Please check out my very large  Internal Temperature Chart for Cooking Meats and Baked Goods.


To be sure that the chicken breasts are cooked thoroughly, use a instant digital Cooking or Meat Thermometer for the proper temperature of 165 degrees F.

If you brown your chicken before placing in the oven, this will also shorten your baking time, as you have already started the cooking process.

Thermapen ThermometerThis is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking.  I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking.  I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the left.  To learn more about this excellent thermometer and to also purchase one (if you desire), just click on the underlined: Thermapen Thermometer.

Please check out my very large  Internal Temperature Chart for Cooking Meats and Baked Goods.

Instant-Read Cooking Thermometers
– Cooking thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking, as they measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat and poultry, or any casseroles, to assure that a safe temperature has been reached, harmful bacteria have been destroyed, and your food is cook perfectly.   A cooking or meat thermometer should not be a “sometime thing.”  Use it every time you prepare foods like poultry, roasts, hams, casseroles, meat loaves and egg dishes.


After desired cooking temperature is reached, remove meat from heat source and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

The amount of time required for resting varies with the size of the cut of your meat.  During this resting time, the meat continues to cook (meat temperature will rise 5 to 20 degrees F. after it is removed from the heat source) and the juices redistribute.




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Comments and Reviews

3 Responses to “Internal Temperature of Chicken and Turkey”

  1. Jan

    I disagree. 157/160 degrees, let chicken rest for 10 minutes.
    Melt in your mouth.
    This is for boneless skinless done on the Q. I also spray chicken with a non stick cooking spray.
    Med high to start, then to medium, back up to medium to get barBq sauce caramelized. (I put that on 3/4 of the way thru cooking)
    I season with steak spice. Call me crazy.

  2. Jesse Meldrum

    I grill chicken Breast till the internal temp is 160 to 165 degrees, marinate with lemon juice, a touch of Soy sauce and lightly with garlic salt. Melt in your mouth..

  3. Kathy Stanaway

    I disagree with baking Chicken pieces until they reach 165 degrees! They will be over done and chewy ! I would bake to 145-150 degrees, pull out of oven, tent and let rest! It should then rise in temp about 10 degrees! I think too many people are used to over cooked chicken and think that’s the wY it should taste! My hubby would be one of those people, he was raised so wrong Gastronomically!


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