2 ways to check if roast poultry is done

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Difficulty

Easy 👌
5
min.
Preparation
0
min.
Baking
0
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-1+
whole duck
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • knife
  • food thermometer
  • Step 1/2

    There are two ways to test whether a roast chicken, duck, or turkey is done without a food thermometer. For the first method, pull on the drumsticks. If they come loose or off rather easily, the bird is cooked. For the second method, prick a thick part of the bird with a sharp knife. When the juice that runs out is clear, it’s done.
    • whole duck
    • knife

    There are two ways to test whether a roast chicken, duck, or turkey is done without a food thermometer. For the first method, pull on the drumsticks. If they come loose or off rather easily, the bird is cooked. For the second method, prick a thick part of the bird with a sharp knife. When the juice that runs out is clear, it’s done.

  • Step 2/2

    If you have a food thermometer, use it to measure the temperature of the thickest part of the bird, either the drumstick or the breast. For chicken, duck, or turkey, it’s done when the thermometer reaches about 80°C / 175°F. Let it rest for approx. 15 – 20 min. before carving and serving. This way, the meat will stay juicy. Enjoy!
    • food thermometer

    If you have a food thermometer, use it to measure the temperature of the thickest part of the bird, either the drumstick or the breast. For chicken, duck, or turkey, it’s done when the thermometer reaches about 80°C / 175°F. Let it rest for approx. 15 – 20 min. before carving and serving. This way, the meat will stay juicy. Enjoy!