How Long to Cook Chicken

Preparing chicken is a breeze when you know the correct cooking times. Follow these expert guidelines for delicious results every time.


How Long to Cook a Whole Chicken

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  • 2-1/2 to 3 pounds: Roast at 375 degrees F for 1 to 1-1/4 hours
  • 3 to 3-1/2 pounds: Roast at 375 degrees F for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours
  • 3-1/2 to 4 pounds: Roast at 375 degrees F for 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours
  • 4-1/2 to 5 pounds: Roast at 375 degrees F for 1-1/2 to 2 hours

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How Long to Cook Chicken Pieces

Use these cooking guides for chicken breast halves, drumsticks, and thighs with bone.

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  • 2-1/2 to 3 pounds total: 375 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes.

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How Long to Cook Capons

Capons are roosters that are fattened up on a diet that accelerates growth and earns them a trip to market before they are 10 years old. Weighing between 4 and 10 pounds, capons have large breasts and tender, juicy, flavorful meat that takes well to roasting.

  • 5 to 7 pounds: Roast at 325 degrees F for 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 hours.
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