One of the great things about summer is the opportunity to get outside and grill your favorite meat.

Chicken is one of the most versatile proteins because it can be prepared in so many ways. If you’re a fan of lean meat, breasts are the perfect choice. If you enjoy a more flavorful meal, the thighs and drumsticks are the right pick. If you want to spice things up, the wings can be seasoned and cooked to your liking.

But regardless of what part of the chicken you enjoy, it’s important to grill the meat long enough and at the proper temperature to ensure food safety and serve a meal that’s moist and flavorful.

If you’re a veteran at the grill, the following tips would be good to review. If you’re a novice at the barbecue, these are important steps to take to mitigate the risks associated with consuming undercooked or contaminated meat.

  • Protect your family and friends: Consuming undercooked or raw meat can lead to foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter. These pathogens are effectively killed when chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165℉. Use a food thermometer to check to see if the meat is done to minimize the risk of food poisoning and ensure the safety of the people you’re cooking for.


  • The right texture and flavor: Grilling chicken to the correct temperature allows it to reach the desired texture and flavor. Overcooked chicken can be tough and dry, while undercooked meat may be chewy and unappetizing. The ideal temperature ensures the chicken is cooked evenly, achieving a balance between tenderness, juiciness, and a desirable level of char or crust on the outside.


  • Too much sizzle is not a good thing: Achieving the right temperature ensures your chicken is thoroughly cooked without excessive heat exposure. This helps retain the essential nutrients present in the meat, such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Properly grilled chicken retains its nutritional value, making it a wholesome and healthy choice.


  • Don’t take chances: Grilling chicken to the proper temperature demonstrates your commitment to making a meal that everyone is confident in eating and will keep them coming back for more. Whether you’re grilling for family and friends on a weekend or holiday, or cooking in a professional setting, knowing the chicken you’re preparing is cooked to the correct temperature demonstrates an attention to detail and a thoughtfulness for the well-being of those who consume it.

All of these tips will help you prepare chicken that’s properly cooked and tastes great. Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and prioritize the well-being of the people you’re cooking for.

Culinary Works Stamford Grilling Chicken
Culinary Works Stamford Grilling Chicken
Culinary Works Stamford Grilling Chicken