Roast Chicken Cooking Times

Roast ChickenIn keeping with the original purpose of this blog, I am posting the cooking times for roast chicken. 


  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 375 F (190 C).
  • Place the chicken in the roasting tin
  • Season the chicken all over with salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • Roast for 20 minutes per lb (450 g) plus 10-20 minutes extra – this will be 1 hour and 50 minutes to 2 hours for a 5 lb (2.25 kg) bird.
  • Baste a few times during the cooking
  • For the final 15 minutes of cooking, increase the heat to gas mark 7, 425°F (220°C) to give the skin that final golden crispiness
  • When it is cooked, remove it from the oven and cover it with foil
  • Leave to rest for 30 minutes before serving.

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