How Long to Cook Chicken

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.

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.

How Long to Bake Chicken

Get our best guides for how long to bake chicken. We've got how-to guides with easy-to-follow instructions and baked chicken recipes. 

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Baked Chicken Basics

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in Parts

Roasted Whole Chicken Recipes

Once you know how to cook a whole chicken, the possibilities are endless. Here are some of our favorite roast chicken recipes:

Classic Roast Chicken Recipes

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Japanese Roast Chicken

Herb-Roasted Chicken

Baked Chicken Recipes

Get our favorite recipes for simple, juicy baked chicken. Plus, new twists on classic baked chicken dishes. 

Sweet-and-Sour Baked Chicken

Basil Chicken with Sprouts, Squash, & Apple

Oven-Fried Chicken

Creamy Chicken-Broccoli Bake

How to Bake a Chicken

Our kitchen expert helps you roast a chicken to perfection -- a technique every cook should master. A bed of vegetables adds flavor to your roast chicken without adding sodium, plus the vegetables ensure that you don'€™t need a roasting rack to make this popular recipe.


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