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Whole Chicken

Follow these simple steps to cook the perfect chicken.

Preheat the oven. See the chart below for appropriate cooking temperatures.
Remove giblets and visible fat.
Rub skin with 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil or butter, if desired. Season chicken inside and out with salt and pepper.
If desired, fold back wings and tie legs together.
Place chicken, breast-side up in shallow roasting pan.
Cook the chicken according to the cooking times in the chart below. The chicken is fully cooked when juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a fork, and a meat thermometer registers 180°F in the thickest part of the thigh.
Baste occasionally, if desired. If glazing, brush on last 15 minutes of cooking.
Let the chicken rest 10–15 minutes before carving and serving to let the juices settle.
Check out these recipes for even more ways to cook a whole chicken.

Approximate cooking time in hours and minutes.

 
  Fresh Young Chicken Seasoned Roasting Chicken OVEN STUFFER® Roaster Cornish Hen
Roasting / Baking (425°F) 30 min.
(375°F) 30–40 min.
(350°F) 1¾ hrs. (350°F) 2–2½ hrs.
20–25 min./lb.
(450°F) 15 min.
(375°F) 30 min.
Braising / Sautéing (med-high) 15 min.
(med-low) add liquid
cover, simmer 1–1¼ hrs.
(med-high) 15 min.
(med-low) add liquid
cover, simmer 1–1¼ hrs.
(med-high) 15 min.
(med-low) add liquid
cover, simmer 1–2 hrs.
(med-high) 15 min.
(med-low) add liquid
cover, simmer 35–45 min.
Poaching / Simmering Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Deep-Frying (350-365°F) Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Oven Frying (425°F) Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Broiling / Direct Grilling split or quarter
10–15 min./side
split or quarter
10–15 min./side
Not recommended Not recommended
Smoking / Indirect Grilling 1–1½ hrs 1–1½ hrs 18–25 min./lb. 45–55 min.

MICROWAVE COOKING
Microwave Setting (med-high) (med-high) (med-high) (med-high)
Cooking / Standing Time
(for combined total weight)
9–10 min./lb.
standing time 15 min.
9–10 min./lb.
standing time 15 min.
10–12 min./lb.
standing time 20 min.
6–10 min./lb.

*If frozen, defrost in refrigerator, allowing 1 day.
 
 

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