Never Overcook Chicken Again With the Help of This Simple $16 Tool
I don't mean to brag, but my husband tells me I cook the best chicken. It could be pan-seared, sheet-pan roasted, or even slow cooked — every time I end up with perfectly juicy chicken. OK, yes, I'm bragging. But really all the credit goes to my handy food thermometer.
I almost always choose skinless, boneless chicken breasts because they are lean with not much saturated fat. (Hello, heart healthy!) But because they're so lean, it’s easy to end up with a dry dud of a dinner. But my Taylor Precision Products Digital Thermometer ($16 at amazon.com) ensures a delicious, juicy bird every time.
Buy it: Taylor Pivoting Display Digital Thermometer, $16; Amazon.com
It's a serious lifesaver. Quite literally. A food thermometer ensures your dish is cooked to a safe internal temperature. No one has time for Salmonella. All cuts of chicken need to be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. For an accurate reading, be sure to insert the thermometer probe in the thickest part. And, if you're cooking bone-in chicken, make sure the probe isn't touching bone.
Like many instant-read food thermometers, the Taylor Pivoting Display Digital Thermometer has a large digital display, making it super easy to read at a glance. But this thermometer stands outs because the display pivots. When you're trying to temp a piece of meat in a skillet while dodging splatters of hot oil, you'll be thankful for that pivot. And I love the wide range it measures: - 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Will I ever cook a piece of meat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit? No, I will not. But it's nice to know I have the option.
The price is hard to beat, too. I tried my fair share of cheap thermometers in college food science classes and found they quickly became imprecise and inaccurate. But don't think you have to spend upwards of $90 to get a good thermometer. This baby has worked consistently for me for nearly a decade, and it’s just $16.
Ready to cook the ultimate chicken dinner for yourself? Shop it from Amazon now and you’ll never suffer sad, dry chicken again.