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Whats the rule when roasting whole chickens?

is it half an hour per pound? i didnt realize the chicken i bought was almost 6 pounds, i dont usually buy them that big. so normally mine only need an hour and a half-2 hours, but i cant remember how long they need to stay in.


Asked by tnm786 at 8:48 AM on Sep. 17, 2013 in Food & Drink

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  • 5 - 6 lbs - 1¾ - 2½ hrs

    I'd start checking that thigh bone at two hours though. The standardized cooking times (for me) result in dry meat that requires a sauce of some sort :(


    Answer by feralxat at 8:52 AM on Sep. 17, 2013

  • ohwrite

    Answer by ohwrite at 9:46 AM on Sep. 17, 2013

  • I think you are right, if it is that big, I would just start checking with a meat them. at 160-165 degrees in the fat part of the breast, take it out.
    I would say 21/2 hours at 350? You may have better luck crock potting that giant!

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 8:51 AM on Sep. 17, 2013

  • oh wow i thought it would take longer than that. i thought i'd be having to put it in at noon if i wanted it to be edible by 5 LOL! glad i asked :)

    Comment by tnm786 (original poster) at 10:29 AM on Sep. 17, 2013

  • 170 degrees or /and when the legs come off easily is what I go by.

    Answer by liss05 at 5:34 PM on Sep. 17, 2013