In order to ensure your chicken is perfectly cooked temperature probes are the ideal way to achieve this. Understanding where to put the temperature probe in a chicken no matter what it’s size, is even more important than other meats considering the harmful bacteria present (salmonella, listeria and campylobacter) in all chicken.
To avoid tummy upsets your chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 °F to ensure 99.99% of all harmful bacteria is eradicated. In order to achieve this temperature for a typical 4-8-pound chicken your oven temperature will need to be set at 350 °F and roast for 20 – 30 minutes per lb.
Where to Put the Temperature Probe?
For checking the temperature of a chicken you will want to check it in two locations. Firstly, the innermost section of the thigh and secondly, the thickest part of the breast. Ensure that your temperature probe reaches 165 °F within each of these locations on the chicken and your bird is good to go!