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Am I right in thinking it's safe to cook pheasant breast medium so its a little pink?

If so why is this different from chicken?

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According to Canada's Safe internal cooking temperatures article, game birds including pheasant should be cooked to an internal temperature as follows:

  • Whole 82°C (180°F)
  • Breasts and roasts 74°C (165°F)
  • Thighs, wings 74°C (165°F)
  • Stuffing (cooked alone or in bird) 74°C (165°F)

These temperatures will be decidedly not pink (except possibly around the bones), but will maximize the safety of eating game.

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