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What temperature do you cook a whole chicken at?

When cooking chicken the oven temperature should be 350°F until the chicken has an internal temperature of 180°, however the breast should be approximately 165°F. Having a meat thermometer can keep you from overcooking or under cooking your chicken. You should also consider the size of your chicken in regards to your cooking time.

You should cook chicken for about an hour and a half. You need to preheat the oven so that you don't throw off your timing. The oven is warming during the preheat time, so your food will actually be cooking during that time, increasing the chance of overcooking.

When you are done, for really juicy chicken you may want it to rest a few minutes, approximately 10 minutes and your chicken should not have any pink (don't eat it if it does) and the juice should be clear.

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I suggest always preheating the oven before cooking chicken. Generally speaking the oven temp should be 350 degrees F. The time will depend on how big the chicken is.

The larger the bird the longer the cooking time. A 3-4 lb chicken would take approximately 1 1/4 hours. Assuming the chicken is unstuffed.

If you have stuffed the cavity then you will have to bake it longer. For safety cook the chicken until it is 165 degrees at the thickest part of the bird. Be sure to also have the stuffing's temperature at 165 degrees F as well.

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350 degrees or gas mark five. Allow 20 minutes per pound and twenty minutes extra on top of that. Cook the chicken in a lightly oiled roasting tin.

You may want to line the tray with foil. Lightly spray or oil the top of the chicken and cover it with foil. This will prevent the skin burning.

Baste the chicken with it’s own juices for the last half hour of cooking. Don’t forget to keep the top foil off during this time then you chicken will be golden brown and baked to perfection. To make sure it is done Pierce with a sharp knife.

All juices should run clear. If you see blood the chicken will need a little extra time. Happy roasting!

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Oven roasting a whole chicken can be simple, affordable, and most importantly, really tasty! It´s best to cook the chicken for a little longer at lower temperature like 350ºF than to crank up the heat and try to bake it quickly in the oven. Baking it slowly will ensure that your chicken will stay soft and juicy, while cooking it fast and at high heat will most likely end up burning the outside and leaving the inside raw!

If this happens, you´re in real trouble because the skin will be charcoal and you still have to finish cooking the inside! It´s a good idea to preheat the oven just so that you can calculate the baking time more accurately. However, there will be no significant difference in the taste, flavor, or texture of the your chicken if you put it in while the oven is still warming up.

A good temperature and time ratio is 375ºF for 1 hour and 30 minutes for an average sized chicken. Once the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF (you can check this by poking the chicken in the breast with a kitchen thermometer), it´s safe and ready to take out of the oven, let cool, carve, and enjoy!

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There is a way to cook chicken to perfection at 60C / 140F. It takes over four hours, though. The idea is to avoid the higher oven temperatures that make the strands of protein contract, squeezing out moisture and making the meat dry.

If you roast at traditional temperatures (200C / 395F), your cooking time is quite a bit shorter! The temperature of your chicken before it goes in the oven affects the cooking time. So it's best to pre-heat the oven and make sure your chicken has lost its fridge-cold chill otherwise it takes a while for the cooking process to actually start.

Roast for approximately 1 hour for 1kg / 2.2lb; 1 hr 15 for 1.5kg / 3.3lb; 1 hr 30 for 2kg / 4.4lb. Let it rest for 10-15 mins after it comes out of the oven so the bubbling juices can redistribute themselves evenly throughout the meat. Hope this helps, Robert english-food-spotlight.com.

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And, as you can imagine, it’s not pretty. Our government says that you should cook a whole chicken until the temperature measured in the thigh is 180°F (82°C). If you cook chicken pieces, the government says, the thigh, wings, and drumsticks should be 180°F, while the breast should reach 170°F (77°C).

It is also virtually assured that no one would ever eat chicken again. If you cook a whole chicken until the thigh reaches 180 °F, the breast will be around 170°F, and the whole thing will have turned to rubber. Many recipe writers, cookbook authors, and food magazine editors try to skirt the issue by suggesting that if you know that your chicken is particularly fresh, hasn’t traveled far to market, or came from an area where bacterial contamination hasn’t been a problem, that you can get by cooking the bird to a lower temperature (as low as 150°F (66°C) in the breast).

We think that approach is a lot of nonsense. In these days of mass production, there are very, very few people who know anything about the origin, handling, or travel habits of their chickens. At the same time, we have recently been reading Is It Safe To Eat?

, by Ian Shaw, a professor and food scientist in New Zealand. If you follow our government’s advice, you’ll have absolutely safe, tough, dry chicken. If you handle chicken properly, but cook it to a lower temperature, you may be exposing yourself to a very slight risk of food poisoning, but eating consistently tasty chicken.

We try never to roast a chicken beyond 160°F in the breast, but that’s our choice. You must make your own. And, of course, the whole discussion is moot unless you have a reliable instant-read thermometer.

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Cook at 325° for 40 minutes per pound and/or until the internal temperature reaches 170°F for chicken.

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