I prepared a roast chicken for the first time today. The chicken weighed about 2 kilograms and I cooked it for about two hours at 190 degree Celsius.

My concern is that the vegetables that I stuffed into the chicken cavity don't seem to be cooked. I cut a huge potato(25g roughly) into two along with some small onions and put it into the cavity, they're still crunchy and the potato isn't cooked...

Should I be worried about whether my roast is safe for consumption? When I removed it from the oven, there was juice flowing out, is this alright? My family doesn't really eat roast chicken, in fact where I come from, we're most likely to boil it than to roast it. So I don't really have anyone to ask about it.

Can anyone please help me?

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The only way to know if your chicken is safe to eat is to measure its temperature. You should check the breast (165F/74C) and the thigh (can go higher than breast), ensuring your are measuring at the center and not touching bone. Stuffing is usually not a good idea, because it increases the cooking time, and will likely result in overcooked white meat or under cooked items in the cavity. Invest in a good thermometer and learn how to use it correctly, you will feel more comfortable and produce better meals.


Stuffing vegetables you intend to consume in the cavity of a chicken is generally a bad idea. By the time the vegetables are cooked, the chicken will be extremely overcooked. Moreover, since the vegetables have been in contact with raw chicken, all of them should reach a safe temperature for chicken (at least on the outside) before they're consumed. And making sure everything in the centre is cooked to a safe temperature makes the meat overcooked. So I would say that the chicken is probably fine, but you shouldn't eat the potatoes. If you want roast potatoes to go with it, cook them on a separate tray in the oven.

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    I would be hesitant to recommend eating. If the interior is uncooked...where does it go from safe to unsafe? How would you know? Isn't there a chance of cross contamination when taking the vegetables out?
    – moscafj
    Jan 10, 2021 at 18:23
  • Yes, we dumped the vegetables before carving the chicken. I think we're okay. We had it yesterday. I'll be more careful next time. Thank you all so much for your help. I really appreciate it.
    – Tida
    Jan 12, 2021 at 2:51

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