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Cooking Time for a Whole Free Range Chicken

"I think that if you can roast a chicken, you can get whatever you want out of a woman. Maybe it's just me but I would suspect that a man trying to impress a woman would be more likely to bring out the steak… A man that can cook you a proper meal that is like a weekday meal - which I think cannot be better than in the form of a roast chicken - that's the greatest." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

Who does not love a perfectly roasted chicken? Roast chicken is often associated with a traditional Sunday lunch enjoyed with family and friends. But this quick-to-prepare meal will do just fine as an any-day-of-the-week dinner, why not?

Although cooking a roast chicken seems simple enough, it often turns out that the chicken is either under or overcooked, which leaves you with less than ideal results.

Now there are countless recipes regarding the perfect flavour combination of herbs and spices for roast chicken, so I am not going to touch on that, I am sure we all have our own favourite fail-proof recipe.

The focus of today's post is HOW LONG must a whole free-range chicken be cooked to achieve a roast chicken that is entirely cooked through, but at the same time having ‘pull-apart’ tender and juicy chicken that is not dried out. Oh yes, and let us never forget the most important part, crispy skin!

It all depends on the size of the chicken and the temperature that it is cooked at, it's actually a very simple formula to follow:

  • 20 minutes per 500g + and an extra 20 minutes at a temperature of 180˚C

If you are cooking one of our delicious, farm fresh, free range Meat the Farmer chickens that weigh anything between 1.6 kg - 1.7 kg, then the cooking time will be between 64 - 68 minutes + 20 minutes.

Here are a few more tips to follow when it comes to cooking your whole chicken:

#1 - Defrosting

Completely defrost your chicken in the fridge before cooking.

#2 - Room Temperature

Take your chicken out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to reach room temperature.

#3 - Resting

Let your chicken rest for 10 - 15 minutes after cooking to retain all those delicious juices.

Now that you have a few tips of how to create a succulent roast chicken, what are you waiting for? Pop that bird in the oven or Weber (our personal favourite)!

Please feel free to share your own tips and recipes in the comments below, we would love to know what your favourite roast chicken recipe is!





 Free Range Roast Chicken