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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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To check the internal temperature of cooked chicken, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, taking care not to hit the bone. Properly cooked chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The length of time it takes to bake a chicken depends on the temperature of the oven as well as the size of the chicken being used. If baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, a whole chicken that weighs 2 1/2 to 3 pounds should be cooked for one hour to one hour and 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes should be added to the cooking time for every half-pound.

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The amount of time needed to bake a whole chicken depends on the temperature of the oven and the size of the chicken. For example, at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, a 3-pound chicken takes 1 to 1 1/4 hours to cook. At the same temperature, a 5-pound chicken takes up to 2 hours. At 350 F, a chicken weighing between 5 and 7 pounds typically takes 2 to 2 1/4 hours.