Chicken (Whole), Oven-Roasted

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Chicken (Whole), Oven-Roasted


  1. Cooking a whole chicken in the oven can be a daunting task but it is not not very difficult for the average chef. Below we list the cook times for it and hope that you'll be able to find what you're looking for. Cooking a whole chicken can vary drastically depending on the size of the bird, but the average size of a whole chicken that you would buy from the grocer is between 2 and 4 pounds. If your whole chicken does not fit in on this chart, please feel free to Ask a Question and one of our experts will let you know how long to cook your whole chicken!

    Oven Roasted Chicken


    Weight of Chicken (Pounds)
    Oven Temperature
    Oven Time
    Temperature of Meat
    2-3 Pounds 450 °F 50-60 Minutes 160 °F Baste, sit 15 Minutes
    3-4 Pounds 500 °F 40-50 Minutes 160 °F Baste, sit 15 Minutes
    Note: To cook chicken properly and not dry it out, make sure the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink.

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