When it comes to cooking poultry, it’s absolutely essential to prepare the meat to a safe internal temperature. Otherwise, you open yourself up to the possibility of contracting food-borne illness through harmful bacteria like Salmonella. By using a reliable food thermometer, you can check to make sure that your poultry is safe to eat.
To check the internal temperature of poultry like chicken or duck, place your food thermometer at the innermost portion of the thigh, wing, and thickest part of the breast. Keep in mind that the bird will continue to cook after it’s removed from the heat through carry-over cooking.
During this time, the internal temperature will rise by approximately 5°F-10°F (-15 to -12.22°C) within a few minutes. You should always give your meat a few minutes to rest before checking the temperature once more.