Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) and cook whole (thawed) chicken for 10-15 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and roast for 20 minutes per pound. (Do not add the extra 15 minutes to the cooking time as with the regular method.)
How do you know if a chicken is cooked?
Try this: Slice the skin between the leg and the breast and peek at the juices. If they're clear, the chicken is likely done. If they're just slightly pink, try the next test. When the chicken is cooked, the meat should feel firm rather than jiggly or rubbery.
Place chicken, breast side up, on a broiler pan (or on a rack inside another pan) coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for one hour or until meat thermometer inserted into thigh registers 180 degrees. Cover loosely with foil for about 10 minutes.
As a guide, a 1.5kg whole stuffed chicken takes about 30 minutes per 500g of weight to cook in an oven preheated to 180°C. When the chicken is cooked, cover it with foil. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to rest before carving or cutting into pieces. This allows the juices to settle.
Place chicken in a large pot with onion, carrots, celery and peppercorns; add water to cover. Cover pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook for about 90 minutes, or until chicken meat is falling off of the bone. Remove chicken, let cool and shred or chop the meat.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Watch Now.
- Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt and pepper.
- Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
4Roast the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375°F and continue roasting until the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the inner thigh (but not touching the bone) registers 165°F, about 50 minutes to 1 hour more.
Roasting a chicken does not take quite so long as roasting a turkey, however a large chicken could still take over 2 hours to roast. As a general rule, calculate a cooking time of 20 minutes per pound of meat plus an additional 10 - 20 minutes at a temperature of 375ºF (190ºC).
If you don't have a meat thermometer, here are a few general guidelines for cooking chicken breast.
- On the grill: Approximately 6 to 8 minutes per side over direct heat, 10 to 12 minutes per side over indirect heat.
- In the oven: Approximately 20 to 30 minutes when baking or roasting at 375 degrees F.
The right temperature and time
|Type of chicken||Weight||Roasting: 350°F (177˚C)|
|breast halves, bone-in||6 to 8 oz.||30 to 40 minutes|
|breast halves, boneless||4 oz.||20 to 30 minutes|
|legs or thighs||4 to 8 oz.||40 to 50 minutes|
|drumsticks||4 oz.||35 to 45 minutes|
Remove the foil and roast for another 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and roast for a further 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. It's fully cooked if the juices run clear when the bird is pierced in the thigh with a skewer.
For firmer meat and crisp skin, roast the chicken around 425 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the weight. In our recipe below, we roast a 5 to 6 pound chicken at 425 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours.
Place chicken, breast side down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray over direct heat; cover and cook 7 minutes. Turn chicken over; cook 7 minutes. Move chicken over indirect heat; cover and cook 45 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in meaty part of thigh registers 165°.
Step 3: Bake chicken breasts. Bake chicken breasts, uncovered, for 18 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink (use a meat thermometer to confirm that the chicken is heated through to 170 degrees F). To store: Let chicken stand for 30 minutes to cool.
Bake on a baking sheet until cooked through, 35-40 minutes. Check out 9 totally different creative toppers for baked chicken breast! To bake bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, preheat your oven to 400°F and roast to an internal temperature of 165°F, about 35-40 minutes.
Bake for a short time at a high temperature. Baking for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F will yield dry meat. But baking for just 20 minutes at 450 degrees will result in delightfully juicy baked chicken breast, every time.
Meat and Poultry Roasting Chart
|Red Meat, Type||Oven °F||Timing|
|Turkey, whole;||325||30 min/lb|
|Chicken, whole; 4 to 8 pounds||375||20 to 30 min/lb|
|CAPON, whole; 4 to 8 pounds||375||20 to 30 min/lb|
Roast in the centre of a pre-heated oven, gas mark 5, 375°F (190°C), for 20 minutes per lb (450 g) plus 10-20 minutes extra – this will be 1 hour and 50 minutes to 2 hours for a 5 lb (2.25 kg) bird. Baste three times during the cooking time.
Kitchen Fact: The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius). A meat or instant-read thermometer is your best bet for determining the temperature of your chicken, and if you're cooking a whole bird, it should be inserted into the thickest part of the thigh but not touching bone.