A person can become sick from eating raw chicken. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacteria that is harbored inside and outside a chicken's body can get on the raw poultry during processing.
Consumer Reports tested 316 chicken breasts from multiple stores in 26 states for six bacteria. The results indicated that 97 percent of the chicken breasts harbored bacteria that could make a person sick. The CDC states that to prevent illness, it is important for people to wash their hands before and after handling raw poultry, to clean all surfaces that have been in contact with raw poultry and to cook poultry to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.