What temperature do you cook chicken breast to?
Bake a 4-oz. chicken breast at 350°F (177˚C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature is 165˚F (74˚C).
But if you're cooking skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cook them on medium for a charcoal grill and medium high for a gas grill. It's the most precise way of telling if the chicken is done. The perfect internal temperature is 165 degrees for dark meat, 160 degrees for white.
- The correct chicken cooking temperature is critical to destroying pathogens such as Salmonella, which is extremely heat-resistant and can cause severe illness. To safely destroy dangerous bacteria the internal temperature of cooked chicken should reach no less than 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 3: Place food thermometer properly. Food thermometer placement is very important to get an accurate reading. Place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food, making sure not to touch bone, fat or gristle. Step 4: Wait the recommended amount of time for your type of thermometer.
- The State Sanitary Code now requires that the entire mass of all cooked and refrigerated potentially hazardous food which is to be reheated must be reheated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit or above within two hours, and held above 140 degrees Fahrenheit until served.
165 degrees Fahrenheit
- Knowing the right grill temperature for chicken can make the difference between a juicy, flavorful meal and an overcooked, dry mess. Chicken needs to cook slowly over indirect heat and reach an internal temperature of 165°F before serving.
- 4Roast the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375°F and continue roasting until the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the inner thigh (but not touching the bone) registers 165°F, about 50 minutes to 1 hour more.
- Within 2 hours of cooking food or after it is removed from an appliance keeping it warm, leftovers must be refrigerated. Throw away all perishable foods that have been left in room temperature for more than 2 hours (1 hour if the temperature is over 90° F, such as at an outdoor picnic during summer).
Then lower the heat to 350°F (175°C) and bake for and additional 10-30 minutes more until the juices run clear (not pink) when poked with a sharp knife or the internal temperature of the chicken breasts is 165°F (74°C) and of the thighs is 170°F (77°C) when tested with a meat thermometer.
- Bake on a baking sheet until cooked through, 35-40 minutes. Check out 9 totally different creative toppers for baked chicken breast! To bake bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, preheat your oven to 400°F and roast to an internal temperature of 165°F, about 35-40 minutes.
- I use 425 degrees by convection for about 30 minutes to a final internal temperature of 180-185 which is best for thighs. If no convection, cook still at 425 but it will take about 30-35 minutes but remember to cook to the final internal temperature.
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Place chicken in ovenproof baking dish.
- Drizzle chicken breast with oil. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and juices run clear.
Updated: 17th October 2019