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How to Bake Chicken

Learning how to bake chicken is important for any cook. Whether you're roasting a whole chicken or making baked chicken breasts, thighs, or wings, the popular main dish a sure success. We put together these easy tips for baking chicken, plus must-try chicken recipes to get you started.

How to Bake a Whole Chicken

Any chicken recipe is a breeze once you know the basics of baking chicken. Try our Herb-Roasted Chicken!


Step 1: Prepare the chicken

Before you roast chicken, remove the gizzards or other internal organs, if there are any. Set the chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up.

Step 2: Preheat the oven and season the chicken
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. While the oven is heating, brush the chicken with olive oil or butter and season with salt, pepper, and any herbs and spices the roasted chicken recipe indicates.

Step 3: Roast the chicken
Put the chicken in the roasting pan into the preheated oven. The chicken cooking times vary by weight and by recipe, but in general, follow these guidelines:
2-1/2- to 3-pound chicken: Roast 1 to 1-1/4 hours
3- to 3-1/2-pound chicken: Roast 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours
3-1/2- to 4-pound chicken: Roast 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours
4-1/2- to 5-pound chicken: Roast 1-1/2 to 2 hours

Step 4: Remove the chicken from the oven
How do you know if a chicken is done? When the juices run clear, the chicken is no longer pink, and the drumsticks move easily in their sockets, you can stop cooking the chicken. The internal temperature -- measured by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh (the thermometer should not touch bone) -- should be 180 degrees F.

How to Bake Chicken Breasts

Follow these tips to learn how to bake chicken to perfection, whether you're roasting a whole chicken or just the breasts, thighs, or wings. Baked Chicken Breasts recipe


Step 1: Prepare the chicken pieces

Follow your baked chicken recipe and brush chicken pieces with oil and season as directed. Arrange chicken pieces in a single layer in a baking pan or roasting pan.

Step 2: Bake the chicken pieces

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the chicken pieces, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until no longer pink (internal temperature should be 170 degrees F for chicken breasts, 180 degrees F for thighs and drumsticks).

To store: Let the baked chicken stand for 30 minutes to cool. Wrap chicken pieces individually in waxed paper. Divide wrapped chicken between two large freezer bags, removing as much air as possible from bags. Label and freeze for up to 4 months.

Get More Chicken Recipes and Tips

Now that you know how to bake chicken, try these baked chicken breasts with herbs. Get the chicken recipe!


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