The ideal microwave oven wattage for cooking chicken depends on the amount of time available, with most recipes and tips recommending wattage between 800 and 1000 watts. When using a 800-watt microwave oven, cooking chicken requires about 15 minutes per pound.
A person can save time and gas or charcoal by using a microwave oven to partially cook a chicken before placing it on a grill. Preparing a whole or half chicken for grilling normally requires about four minutes per pound, while preheating cut-up chicken parts arranged in a single layer typically requires about three minutes per pound. Keeping the skin on the bird prior to placing it in the microwave prevents the meat from going dry.