The cooking time for chicken varies depending on individual recipe and how the chicken is being prepared. While there is no standard cooking time, health experts suggest that chicken be cooked until its internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cooking meats, such as chicken, to specific temperatures helps to ensure that harmful germs are destroyed in order to prevent food poisoning and other food-borne illnesses that result from undercooked meat. Some types of meat should be left to rest for a few minutes before testing the temperature to guarantee proper heating. Chicken, turkey and pork do not require a rest period.