How Long to Cook a Whole Chicken in Oven


A whole chicken is a versatile and delicious source of protein. It can be enjoyed in many different ways, and it’s easy to cook at home. This article will explain how long it takes to roast a whole chicken in the oven, as well as give you some tips on how to choose and prepare your bird.

What to look for when choosing a whole chicken

When choosing a whole chicken, look for one that is plump and heavy for its size. Check the skin is smooth and shiny, not dull or sticky. The legs should be plump and the joints not loose; if you can move them around easily it means there’s too much air in there!

The breast should be firm and springy; if it feels soft or spongy then this means there’s too much moisture in the meat – this also happens if you see liquid collecting at the bottom of your shopping bag when you get home from buying it!

How long to cook a whole chicken in the oven


How long it takes to cook a whole chicken in the oven depends on its size. A smaller chicken will cook faster than a larger one, so if you’re looking for something quick and easy, go for a smaller bird. On the other hand, if you have time to spare (or are feeling particularly ambitious), go for something larger–you’ll get more bang for your buck!

Basic recipe – how to roast a whole chicken with herbs and lemon

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Rub olive oil over the entire chicken, then sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Put some herbs in the cavity of the chicken for extra flavor (I like thyme, rosemary and sage).
  • Place on a rack inside a roasting pan, breast side up. Roast for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until juices run clear when you prick with a fork at one of its thighs and/or breasts (this will depend on how big your bird is).

Cooking a whole chicken is something you can do at home.

Cooking a whole chicken is something you can do at home. The process takes some time, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Buy a whole chicken from your local grocery store and bring it home
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and place the whole chicken on top of a rack in an oven-safe pan or dish with edges (this will allow for proper circulation around the meat). You’ll also want to cover any cuts or holes in the bird’s skin with aluminum foil so they don’t burn before everything else has been cooked through properly
  • Roast for about 20 minutes per pound until internal temperature reaches 165F/74C


Cooking a whole chicken is something you can do at home. It’s easy and there are many ways to prepare it. You can use lemon juice, herbs or other seasonings to flavor the meat. Cooking times will vary depending on how long it takes for internal temperatures to reach 165 degrees F (73 C).

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