What can be done with quail to ensure that it doesn't dry out when cooked?

(note: the other question about tender quail, AFAICT, is specific to braising....my question is more about roasting, though advice about other cooking methods is also welcome!)

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  • First post -- help with tagging and format appreciated!
    – Shokhet
    Commented Sep 2, 2014 at 12:33
  • How long are you cooking it for? Quail is small and lean, hot and fast is the way to go. Commented Sep 2, 2014 at 12:39
  • @ElendilTheTall Haven't done it in a while, for fear of messing up again....probably too long. About how long do you think it should be done for?
    – Shokhet
    Commented Sep 2, 2014 at 12:48

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Quail is small and lean, so fast and hot is the way to go. 200C/400F in the oven for about 20 minutes is about right, but trying to cook meat properly by time and temperature is a mug's game. Get an instant read digital thermometer from Amazon and get it right first time, every time.

You are probably looking at an internal temperature of 70-75C for quail, though if it's wild it should be slightly more forgiving than chicken in terms of food safety.

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