How Long to Cook Chicken at 350


When cooking chicken, it’s important to know how long to cook it. Different types of chicken will require different times based on its thickness and cut. Knowing how long to cook chicken at 350 degrees is an important skill when making anything from simple grilled chicken breasts to a full-blown roast dinner!

Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast

Boneless and skinless chicken breast is a great choice for the beginner cook. It’s quick to prepare, easy to cook and has a mild flavor that pairs well with many different sauces and sides. Boneless chicken breasts are available in several sizes including:

  • 1 pound (0.5 kg)
  • 1/2 pound (0.25 kg)
  • 3/4 pound (0.3 kg)

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cooking Times: If you’re cooking boneless skinless chicken breast, you’ll want to start by preheating the oven or grill at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Then place your cut of meat on an oiled baking sheet or grill pan for about 20 minutes per side; depending on how thick it is! Be sure not over crowd your pan if using multiple pieces so they don’t steam instead of browning evenly throughout their surface area!

Boneless, skinless thighs


Boneless, skinless thighs are a great choice for a quick, healthy meal. They’re inexpensive and easy to find, so you can stock up on them at the grocery store. They’re great in stir fries, casseroles and salads–and they also work well with sandwiches or as an appetizer when served with toothpicks or on a party platter!

  • Bake: Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes per pound (or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).
  • Grill: Grill over medium-high heat until done (about 10 minutes), turning once during cooking time.
  • Pan Fry: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium heat; cook chicken until browned on both sides (about 4 minutes per side), adding additional oil if necessary during cooking process

Boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders (tubes)

Boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders (tubes)

If you’re using boneless, skinless chicken breasts and want to cut them into strips or cubes, follow these steps:

  • Cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to make two thinner pieces of meat and then pound them lightly between sheets of plastic wrap until they’re about 1/2 inch thick. You could also just buy pre-cut “tenders” from your supermarket meat department; they’re often labeled as such on their packaging.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for about two minutes until hot enough for cooking (you’ll know when it’s ready by throwing in a drop of water–if it sizzles immediately then it’s ready). Add just enough oil (or butter) so there’s not much left over after adding all the tenders; if there isn’t enough fat in your pan already then add another tablespoon or so before proceeding with step 3 below!

The time it takes to cook chicken at 350 degrees is dependent upon the cut of chicken.

The time it takes to cook chicken at 350 degrees is dependent upon the cut of chicken. Chicken breasts take longer to cook than thighs, and bone-in pieces will take longer than boneless. Skin on or off also makes a difference in how long it takes for your bird to get done.

Chicken breast: 20 minutes per pound (about 1 hour)

Thighs: 25 minutes per pound (about 1 hour 15 minutes)

Whole chicken (bone-in): 30-40 minutes per pound (about 2 hours)


With this information, you can confidently cook your chicken and know that it will be done in the time frame you want. If you’re looking for a juicy breast, then cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. For thighs or tenders, cook until they reach 170 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer (which should take about 25 minutes). And remember: The more tender cuts of meat will take less time than tougher ones!

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