Chicken Nuggets (Stock Photo)
Consumer Reports put your kitchen skills to the test. See how 1,005 people responded when asked about their chicken buying and cooking habits.
57% use a cutting board designed for raw meat
--Consumer Reports' tip: Get two boards to prevent cross-contamination.
93% wash their hands after handling raw poultry
--Consumer Reports' tip: Wash for 20 seconds using warm water and soap every time you touch raw meat - frozen or fresh - even if it means multiple washings.
32% buy chicken last at the store
--Consumer Reports' tip: Keeping chicken cold prevents bacteria overgrowth so hit the meat section last.
72% wash chicken before cooking
--Consumer Reports' tip: Stop. That can increase your risk of getting sick. Bacteria can spread up to 3 feet from the sink and those areas might not get disinfected.
65% put chicken in the plastic bag at the store
--Consumer Reports' tip: It's always a good idea to prevent the juices from contaminating other food.
30% use a meat thermometer
--Consumer Reports' tip: Get one! 82% said they cooked chicken to 165-degrees, the recommended internal temperature. But without a thermometer, you don't know.