How Long to Cook a Whole Chicken on the Grill
You should cook your whole chicken on the grill for 45 minutes to 1 hour. To get the best results, ensure your grill is preheated to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit before you place your chicken on it. To get the best results, turn off any burners that are directly below the chicken while leaving the other burners on so that you aren't grilling your chicken over direct heat. You don't have to watch your chicken the whole time it cooks on the grill, it's best to keep the lid of the grill closed in order to keep in the heat, but every 15 minutes or so you should check to see how the chicken looks. If it looks browned on one side, rotate it at a 90-degree angle. The parts of the chicken that are closest to the direct heat brown quicker, so rotating it helps to create an evenly browned skin. If, after an hour, you are still worried it's not done, the best way to double-check is to stick a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. If it reaches 165 Fahrenheit, then it is fully cooked. Remove the whole chicken from the grill and allow it to rest, covered, for 10 minutes, then it's ready to be enjoyed.
If grilling isn't an option for you right now, you can also cook your whole chicken in the oven. Oven roasting chicken is a quick and hassle-free cooking method that yields a delicious meal.