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Old 01-18-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Ok to cut into chicken while cooking to test for doneness?

ok my dad does it when cooking big turkeys or chickens. We don't seem to complain when eating it. I do this sometimes because well I just don't always rely on thermometers for what ever reason so I cut into it to see if it's done. I have also done this with steak on top of the oven or in the broiler.

Is this a bad thing? For example; tonight I cooked 2 split chicken breasts in oven. 400 degrees after 40 minutes, my thermometer said it wasn't done yet. I wasn't sure if I should believe it (thermometers have been wrong for me before)...so I cut into it a little. It was actually correct and I put it in for another 20 minutes. but that isn't the point LOL

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Old 01-18-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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I don't because that can let out a lot of the juices. I use a digital probe thermometer that I leave in for most big things (chicken, turkey, ham, roasts).
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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Sure, you can cut into it if you don't care about keeping the juices inside. Maybe you need a new thermometer? I can't even imagine how dry and overcooked two completely defrosted chicken breasts would be after 1 hr. at 400 degrees!
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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Sure I can't even imagine how dry and overcooked two completely defrosted chicken breasts would be after 1 hr. at 400 degrees!
I agree. You aren't going to get much juice from a skinless boneless chicken breast anyway. With a bit of practice you can tell if they are done just by pressing on it with your finger.
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:27 PM   #5
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Sure, you can cut into it if you don't care about keeping the juices inside. Maybe you need a new thermometer? I can't even imagine how dry and overcooked two completely defrosted chicken breasts would be after 1 hr. at 400 degrees!
Split chicken breasts have bones.
I only slightly cut into one and they came out pretty good actually. If anything..maybe I could of taking it out 5....maybe 10 minutes early. But, after 40 minutes, they were definetely not done yet.

They were thick - more chicken than I thought on each piece.

Also, I'm not sure if the oven was actually 400 when I put them in..but close enough.
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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Actually that is about right for a bone-in chicken breast I think, 30 -40 minutes, specially with the mega-breasts you find these days. I went @ 50 -55 minutes (at 350) last night with two but they were straight from the store and still partially frozen.
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Actually that is about right for a bone-in chicken breast I think, 30 -40 minutes, specially with the mega-breasts you find these days. I went @ 50 -55 minutes (at 350) last night with two but they were straight from the store and still partially frozen.
Dave, she cooked them for a total of one hr at 400 degrees. Assuming the oven temp was actually 400 degrees for that amount of time, and they were fully defrosted, it sounds to me to be about 10 min overcooked, even if they were mega size. I think ten minutes one way or another makes a huge difference, especially with chicken breasts. Just sayin'.....
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #8
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Cutting meat lets juices run out. That's why you are directed to let meat rest after it's cooked before cutting into it. It gives the meat a chance to relax and re-absorb its juices.

If you don't trust your thermometer get a new one and rely on it. With any thermometer, you have to test multiple areas in the meat to be sure it's done. Also, be careful to keep the probe away from bone.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:19 PM   #9
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Whoops.. I caught that now. And you are right 10 minutes makes a huge difference.

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Dave, she cooked them for a total of one hr at 400 degrees. Assuming the oven temp was actually 400 degrees for that amount of time, and they were fully defrosted, it sounds to me to be about 10 min overcooked, even if they were mega size. I think ten minutes one way or another makes a huge difference, especially with chicken breasts. Just sayin'.....
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:53 PM   #10
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i always just check chicken pieces with my instant read. come to think of it, i do the same on whole chicken or turkey. handy little gadget.
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