How to Know When Chicken is Done (Because, Admit It: You're Never Sure!)

Not sure how to tell if your bird is fully cooked? Check out this video -- and never be in doubt again!

Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Never doubt the doneness of your whole chicken.



A simple, whole roasted chicken is the most comforting dinner after a long day -- and easily shared between family members, and even guests at an intimate dinner party. But before carving into a crispy, juicy whole chicken, it's important to make sure that your bird is done.

Our test kitchen director, Jennifer, shows us two ways to assure that it's done: first, by simply sticking a thermoter into the bird, and second, by prying open the space between the leg and the thigh. Once you realize how easy it is to know when your chicken is done, go ahead and try your hand at cooking up this Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken.

This video was shot and edited by Kyle Orosz.

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