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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:21 PM   #31
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Well, when I cooked chicken on my gasser, I got it down to where I was going by time and look, but I still stuck a pen in it when I pulled it. I always pull around 160*.

With the WSM, I should have kept a probe in it, as it cooked faster than I expected. Pulled in the 190* range. Was still tender and juicy, but the skin was toast.

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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:34 PM   #32
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Nah, just roll the dice. Who doesn't like chicken medium rare?

But seriously, I know my times and temps for what I'm doing so while I do temp each piece it's really only as a precaution induced by reasonable paranoia. Since I've gotten it down solid I've never temped a piece that wasn't good to go.
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Chicken is the one protein that I always always always check with a Thermapen. Breasts at 160, thighs and legs at 180. Doesn't matter if I'm grilling, sautéing, poaching, roasting, etc.
Undercooked chicken is rubbery, overcooked is dry and tasteless (mainly breasts). Not much of a window so I always check.
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165 for breasts ? what for thighs or Qtrs?
165-170 dark or light meat. I always temp especially poultry. It's like with pork these days, they are grain fed (with steroids) and the average harvest time for a chicken is 6 weeks from the egg. Sometimes their leg bones break because they grow so fast and support so much weight. Now a yard bird or wild pig I'll cook longer because of what they've ate.
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I always temp breast and thighs. Wings, never.
Same here unless the wing comes from a turkey
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poultry is a definite temp, better safe than sorry. wifey got food poisoning from grilled chicken once( I didn't cook it)
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