Storified by Arya McLean· Sat, Apr 27 2013 20:58:41
1. Thoroughly clean the cutting board and utensils you use to cut raw chicken with warm, soapy water before you use them for other foods.
2. Cook the chicken till it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Use an instant-read thermometer to take the temperature of the meat while you’re cooking chicken.
3. If you’re cooking a whole chicken with stuffing, it’s recommended that you cook the stuffing separately to prevent bacterial growth.
4. Store raw chicken in a refrigerator at 40 degrees F or less. Raw chicken can be stored safely at this temperature for up to three days.
5. Don’t leave cooked chicken at room temperature for longer than two hours. Once chicken leftovers have cooled, put them in the fridge immediately.
6. Don’t thaw frozen chicken on the countertop. Let chicken thaw in the fridge or in cold water.
7. Always cook chicken till it’s well done. Unlike beef, you cannot eat chicken when it’s rare or medium-rare.
8. Cooked chicken should be stored for no longer than two days in your refrigerator.