How Can I Safely Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker?

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Q: I often cook chicken in a slow cooker, but I am wondering how long I need to let the chicken cook before I can taste it for seasoning? I want to be able to adjust the seasoning in time for it to affect the overall flavor of the dish, but not if there is still bacteria present that could make me ill.

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Editor: The best thing is probably to invest in an instant read thermometer and check the internal temperature of the chicken before tasting it for seasoning. It should register at least 165°F in the thickest part of the meat before you eat it.

Readers, what other advice do you have about cooking chicken in the slow cooker?

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(Image: Slow-Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken / Emma Christensen)

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