9. Not Checking the Temperature

Meat Thermometer

When following recipes, we usually focus on the time needed to cook chicken. However, we often overlook the most important part–temperature. A meat thermometer is the only tool that can give you a true indication that the meat is fully cooked. Chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

8. Not Stuffing the Chicken

Stuffed Chicken

A quick way to make sure your chicken ends up as dry as the desert is forgetting to stuff the cavity. “To add some extra moisture and flavor, cut a lemon, onion, or even an apple in chunks and place it in the cavity along with a sprig or two of herbs or bay leaves. As the chicken roasts, these aromatics will release moisture and flavor,” said Claudia Sidoti, head chef and recipe developer at HelloFresh. “Just remember to remove the stuffing before carving.”

7. Carving the Chicken Immediately

Carving

Patience is a virtue. And while cooking chicken when you’re hungry can seem to take forever, by forgetting to apply patience, you can ruin a perfectly roasted chicken. “Don’t rush to carve that chicken right after you’ve taken it out of the oven. Not only is it too hot to handle, but letting it rest for about 15 minutes will allow the juices time to redistribute,” says Sidoti.

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