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Chicken Drumstick Internal Temp

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Chicken Drumstick Internal Temp
Chicken Drumstick Internal Temp


At What Temperature Should Chicken Drumsticks Be Cooked?

hey should be cooked for 35 to 40 minutes, and the meat should not be pink when done. A meat thermometer can be used to ensure food safety; it will reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit when the drumsticks are thoroughly cooked.

Chicken drumsticks can also be cooked at 375 degrees, but this will increase the cooking time to 45 to 50 minutes. Chicken should be placed with the skin facing up in a shallow roasting or baking pan. It can be seasoned first if desired, with olive oil and salt and pepper or other spice rub.

Safety Concerns When Cooking Chicken

When it comes to cooking chicken, the number one rule is to achieve the ideal internal temp. It is not just a matter of taste or texture, but that of safety for anyone who consumes the meat.

Chicken, and other types of poultry, are known to contain salmonella. Therefore, it is important that you cook chicken properly to ensure that you don’t consume salmonella when eating the meat. There is nothing to worry about this type of bacteria, as long as you properly cook the meat.

The recommended guideline for food safety is that you need to achieve a certain temperature level to ensure that bacteria in the meat are killed. For chicken, it is 165℉ or 74℃. A lot of people do not take the time to check the chicken’s internal temperature and only base it on physical indicators. However, this is not a reliable approach when checking if the chicken is done, because it is what is inside that matters.

A lot of people assume that when the chicken meat is firm, it’s done. But when this happens, all of the proteins in the meat have squeezed out much of the water resulting in a meat that is dry. Checking the color is also unreliable. Pinkness of the meat is not just based on the temperature; pH of the meat can be a factor.

When it comes to food safety, using steps that are unreliable or flawed can be a huge risk. Even when the meat looks cooked, the bacteria in the meat might not be killed off yet. You should always check the chicken’s internal temp to make sure you have properly cooked it.

Chicken Internal Temp: What You Need to Know

Getting the ideal chicken internal temp is a must because there is a tendency for most people to overcook chicken in fear of any food-borne illness. And you would not want to eat dry chicken.

In order to achieve the right temperature of the chicken meat, you have to think about many other temperature calculations. You need to get the right temperature in the oven (when roasting chicken), the internal temperature of the chicken, to make sure it is cooked, and the temperature to check for the quality of the meat.

There are two types of meat in a chicken. The white meat like the breast will require a different temperature to be properly cooked. You need to achieve 165 degrees F of the internal temperature of the chicken breast for at least 30 seconds. You must keep checking the chicken breast’s internal temperature. Once it reaches 162℉(72℃), it can maintain that internal heat and will continue to rise to 165℉(74℃). This is the secret to cooking chicken breast to prevent overcooking and causing the meat to become dry.

The dark meat of the chicken refers to the thigh. Unlike the breast, the thigh (dark meat) will require a higher temperature to cook. The ideal temperature to cook the thigh of the chicken is at 175-180℉(79-82℃). This is due to the higher amount of connective tissues in this part of the chicken.

If you cook the thigh at a lower temperature – say 165℉(74℃) – it will result in a chewy and rubbery meat. But if you increase the temperature, it will allow the collagen to melt and make the meat tender.


Ok, so most people know about 165°F (74°C), but what most people don’t know is that food safety (bacterial die-off) is a function of both temperature and time. You can achieve the exact same bacterial death by holding your chicken at lower temperatures for longer times with the exact same assurance of safety.

The USDA provides guidelines for industry on food safety and uses pasteurization tables to indicate how long it takes to kill enough bacteria at a given temperature. Below you can see one such table for medium-lean chicken.


Chicken Drumstick Internal Temp
Chicken Drumstick Internal Temp




If you want even better chicken than you get from temping your chicken to 165°F (74°C), use the pasteurization tables to pick a lower temperature to cook to, and hold your chicken at that temperature for the appropriate amount of time.

(Note: the pasteurization tables vary depending on the fat content of the meat, though they don’t differ much across the fat percentages. Breast meat is very lean, while thigh meat is much fattier. Use the tables accordingly.)

With this method, you would pick a temperature from the chart, verify that the chicken has reached that temperature as you we discussed above, and hold it at that temperature for the appropriate time interval. I really like 157°F (69.4°C) for my chicken, so I’d hold it at that temperature for 31 seconds.

You can use the min/max function on your ChefAlarm® to monitor the temperature and make sure it doesn’t dip during your holding time. In the above image, the min temp is 40°F. By pressing and holding the CLEAR button for a few seconds, the min/max will be reset to the current temperature. You can hist start on the timer and watch it for 31 seconds. You can then check the min temp to see if it dipped below 157°F (69.4°C).


Most drumsticks sold in the supermarket are relatively different in size. Cooking drumsticks on the grill will depend on the thickness of the meat or the fats that are inside it.

So for a standard chicken drumstick, you need to cook it on the grill for at least 30 minutes. You can adjust the longevity of the cooking process depending on the thickness of the drumsticks.

There are many things to consider as well when it comes to cooking chicken drumsticks. The basis is to know the chicken’s internal temperature to know whether or not it is done.

For a regular chicken wing, you will need to cook it longer than steaks and other cuts of meat. You also need to remember that you need to flip the chicken every after 10 minutes.

This will prevent the chicken from overcooking on the other side and leaving the other side a bit raw. You need to make sure that the blood inside the bones cooks or removed completely.

Chicken is also one of the main types of meat where people accidentally get diseases such as salmonella because they have accidentally cooked the chicken with the wrong timing.

That is why it is also important to invest in a good meat probe to measure the chicken’s internal temperature. That way, you can be sure that the bacteria inside are killed.

So while the safest way to grill chicken is to cook it for 30 minutes, you still need to measure the chicken’s internal temperature to make sure that it is cooked properly with no bacteria inside.


Chicken Drumstick Internal Temp
Chicken Drumstick Internal Temp



When you are grilling drumsticks, you need to be careful and set the grill at the right temperature. That way, you will be able to manage them easier when you are cooking.

Keep in mind that the skin on the drumsticks is sensitive. They cook fast, so you need to keep the temperature low, but not too low, that the insides or the heat do not reach the bone.

It is a matter of balance, and depending on the thickness of the drumsticks, you can adjust the grill’s temperature between 300 degrees and 400 degrees Fahrenheit when cooking them.

To make the cooking process even more on the drumsticks’ insides, you need to make sure they defrost. So wrap them in aluminum foil and let them warm up.

You can do this by leaving the drumsticks at room temperature after wrapping them with aluminum foil. This will take about 30 minutes so do this part of the process ahead of time.



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