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How long should a 7-pound chicken be cooked?

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The amount of time needed to cook a chicken depends on the temperature and cooking method used. For example, roasting a 7-pound chicken in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit typically takes between 20 and 30 minutes per pound, or up to 2.5 hours.

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Reduce the cooking time for the chicken by increasing the heat. At 425 degrees Fahrenheit, the chicken cooks within 1.5 to 2 hours. When it is fully cooked, the juices should run clear when the skin is pierced. To be more exact, check the internal temperature by inserting an instant-read thermometer in the meatiest part of the breast, where it should be at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

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