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Cooking Times

The USDA recommends cooking whole chicken to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Table below shows the approximate cooking times for chicken parts

Type of Chicken Weight Roasting @ 350 degrees F Simmering Grilling
Breast halves, bone in 6-8 oz 30 to 40 min 35 to 45 min 10-15 min/side
Breast halves, boneless 4 oz 20 to 30 min 25 to 30 min 6-8 min/side
Legs or thighs 4 or 8 oz 40 to 50 min 40 to 50 min 10-15 min/side
Drumsticks 4 oz 35 to 45 min 40 to 50 min 8-12 min/side
Wings 2-3 oz 30 to 40 min 35 to 45 min 8-12 min/side

 

Microwave directions:

  • Use medium-high power.
    • Whole chicken, 9 to 10 minutes per pound
    • Bone-in parts, 8 to 9 minutes per pound
    • Boneless breast halves, 6 to 8 minutes per pound
  • When microwaving parts, arrange in dish so thick parts are toward the outside of the dish.
  • Place a whole chicken in an oven cooking bag or a covered pot.
  • For boneless breast halves, place in a dish with ½ cup of water; cover with plastic wrap.