Can you cook chicken at 175 degrees?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question, “Can you cook chicken at 175 degrees?”

Yes, you can cook chicken at 175 degrees. It is advised that the meat be cooked to a core temperature of around 170-175°F (77-79°C) before serving.

It is not easy to determine the proper temperature to cook chicken which ensures that it is safe to eat without getting dry or overdone. Temperatures of about 150 degrees Fahrenheit are required for at least a few minutes for white meat and 175 degrees Fahrenheit for dark flesh for juicy, thoroughly cooked chicken.

Chicken breast can be cooked at a variety of temperatures, depending on your preference and the type of dish being prepared. Whatever temperature you choose, make sure that the chicken’s internal temperature reaches that temperature. Internal temperature of chicken can be measured by instant-read thermometers. 

There are two types of temperature to measure when cooking chicken.

The first is the temperature that you set your oven at, and the second is the temperature of the chicken itself; then there’s the safe limit internal temperature in terms of food safety—in another words, the temperature at which your chicken must reach in order to ensure that any hazardous bacteria it may contain, such as salmonella or campylobacter, is destroyed.

It’s also important to keep an eye on the chicken temperature, which is used to ensure it’s not stringy or dry, while the dark meat isn’t rubbery.

Cookin Dark Meats at 175 degrees

Something very different happens when it comes to dark meat. As a general rule, dark meat should be cooked to a safe but higher temperature than white meat. Dark meat has a higher concentration of connective tissue, which must be broken down in order to soften the flesh.    

Cooking chicken thighs at a higher temperature, such as 175 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, enhances their flavor because of their increased connective tissue content. The collagen in the thigh flesh will begin to melt and turn into gelatin at 175 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, thus cooking it to 165 degrees would result in tough, rubbery meat.

If the sticky, rubbery quality of dark meat turns you off, you aren’t cooking it hot enough. Cooking dark meat to 170°F (76.7°C) or even 175°F (79.4°C) will help break down the connective structures.

Cooking White Meats at 175 degrees

Chicken should be cooked to an internal body temperature of 165-175 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 seconds, according to USDA guidelines.

To avoid drying out the meat by overcooking, you can remove the chicken breasts from the oven after they have reached a core temperature of 162 degrees Fahrenheit because of carry-over cooking.

Is it safe to cook chicken at 175 degrees Fahrenheit?

It is completely safe to cook a chicken at any temperature over 160 degrees F as long as you wait for the core temperature of the chicken to reach 160 degrees for at least a few minutes before doing so. As long as the chicken is kept at 165 degrees or above, the germs will die.

How long should chicken be cooked at 175 degrees?

The short answer for this question is 8-10 minutes for chicken to get ready at 175 degrees F. This (175 degree F) is the internal temperature of a properly cooked white meat. When the skin crisps and the meat temperature rises above the point at which any germs can survive, the meat is ready to be served.

How to cook a whole chicken?


  • 1 whole chicken (about 5–7 pounds) 
  • Half a lemon
  • Half an onion
  • Dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Procedure of cooking

Remove the chicken’s bag of giblets. You can save it for making your own stock out of it. Take out a roasting dish and put the chicken in it. (My go-to baking dish is a Pyrex 9×13.) Add salt, pepper, and thyme inside and out of the chicken’s cavity, together with the onions and lemon halves.

For 3-4 hours, bake at 275 degrees F, uncovered. If the chicken is small, cook it for a shorter period of time, and the other way around. However, even if you leave the chicken in for an additional 30 minutes, it will still be delicious. This is all mine.

Before slicing, let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes.

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In this brief article, we answered the question, “Can you cook chicken at 175 degrees?”


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