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# How long should a bone-in chicken breast be baked?

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Cooking times vary based on cooking temperature and size of the chicken breasts. However, most bone-in chicken breasts are done in about 35 to 45 minutes when oven baked at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The best way to judge if a bone-in chicken breast is thoroughly cooked is to use an instant-read thermometer, inserting it into the thickest part of the breast. When the breast is fully cooked, the thermometer should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit and all juices should run clear. Bone-in chicken breasts are easy to prepare, and because they have a bone present, the heat is more evenly distributed while cooking, allowing for a juicy, consistent finished product.

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Baked chicken is considered safe to consume after it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit when tested at the thickest part of the breast and the innermost part of the thigh and wing. Measure the temperature of the chicken before removing it from the oven.

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The length of time it takes to bake a chicken depends on the temperature of the oven as well as the size of the chicken being used. If baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, a whole chicken that weighs 2 1/2 to 3 pounds should be cooked for one hour to one hour and 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes should be added to the cooking time for every half-pound.

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The amount of time needed to bake a whole chicken depends on the temperature of the oven and the size of the chicken. For example, at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, a 3-pound chicken takes 1 to 1 1/4 hours to cook. At the same temperature, a 5-pound chicken takes up to 2 hours. At 350 F, a chicken weighing between 5 and 7 pounds typically takes 2 to 2 1/4 hours.