Preparing roast chicken is a breeze when you know the correct cooking times. Follow these expert guidelines for how to cook chicken, including how long to cook whole chicken and how long to bake chicken pieces. Our tried-and-true recipes for roasted whole chicken and baked chicken mean delicious results every time.

Updated July 23, 2018

How Long to Cook a Whole Chicken

Roast chicken is juicy and delicious. Find out how to cook a whole chicken here.  Knowing how long to roast a chicken is key -- here are the calculated exact cooking times by weight. 

  • 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

Get step-by-step instructions for perfect roast chicken.

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