How Long to Cook a Whole Chicken at 375 Degrees
How long to cook a whole chicken at 375 degrees depends on the size of the chicken you're cooking. Larger chickens will need to be in the oven longer than smaller chickens to ensure that they are fully cooked through. The cook times for each size are:
- 2½-to-3-pound chicken: 1 hour to 1¼ hours
- 3½-to-4-pound chicken: 1¼ hours to 1½ hours
- 4½-to-5-pound chicken: 1¾ hours to 2 hours
You can be sure your chicken is fully cooked when the juices run clear and the drumsticks move easily in their sockets.
While your whole chicken will certainly cook in a 375-degree oven, a better way to cook a whole roasted chicken in the oven is to increase the oven temperature to 425. This increased temp will shorten the cook time, while still culminating in a perfectly roasted chicken.