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How long does it take to bake a whole chicken?

Updated November 21, 2016

The cooking times for whole chickens will vary based on the weight of the fowl. Follow this procedure to make sure your chicken is cooked correctly. Preheat the oven to 204 degrees Celsius. Remove any chicken innards from the chicken's cavity. Wash it thoroughly and pat dry. Coat the bottom of a roasting pan with about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Place the whole chicken in the roasting pan with any flavouring ingredients you prefer. Common ingredients include rosemary, paprika, lemon and thyme. You can sprinkle all of these over the chicken, or place them in the chicken's cavity while the chicken bakes.

Preparation

The cooking times for whole chickens will vary based on the weight of the fowl. Follow this procedure to make sure your chicken is cooked correctly. Preheat the oven to 204 degrees Celsius. Remove any chicken innards from the chicken's cavity. Wash it thoroughly and pat dry. Coat the bottom of a roasting pan with about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Place the whole chicken in the roasting pan with any flavouring ingredients you prefer. Common ingredients include rosemary, paprika, lemon and thyme. You can sprinkle all of these over the chicken, or place them in the chicken's cavity while the chicken bakes.

Baking

Bake the chicken for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. At the end of this 30 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and cook the chicken an additional 15 minutes for each pound the chicken weighs. If your chicken is 1.36 Kilogram, you would cook it for 30 minutes at 204 degrees C and then for 45 minutes at 176 degrees C. If the chicken is 1.81 Kilogram, you would cook it for 30 minutes at 400 degrees and then another 60 minutes (one hour) at 350 degrees.

Checking the Chicken

Test the chicken to make sure it's done. The chicken is cooked when the juices run clear after the chicken is pierced with a fork or knife. If the juices are not clear, return the chicken to the oven for five-minute periods until the juices are clear.

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