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Is It Done Yet? How to Tell When Your Meat Is Cooked (Page 4)

Poke the meat to see if juices are red or clear

3. Poke the meat to see if juices are red or clear

This method applies to chicken specifically. If you poke a chicken breast and the juices that escape are clear, then it is probably done. If the juices are red or have a pinkish color, your chicken may need some more time on the heat. Some people don’t like this method because a) you really don’t want to consume chicken that is cooked below 165°F (and you wouldn’t really know unless you used a thermometer or cut into it) and b) those juices that are escaping are arguably better staying in your meat to keep it moist.

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