# Frequent question: How long does it take to charcoal grill a whole chicken?

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## How long does it take to grill a 5 lb chicken?

How Long to Grill Chicken Whole

1. Parts and Pieces: Chicken, whole.
2. Weight: 2½ to 3 pounds total.
3. Grilling Type: Indirect.
4. Grilling Time: 60 to 75 minutes (add 15 to 30 minutes per pound, if above 3 pounds. So a 4½- to 5-pound bird should grill 1¾ to 2 hours)
5. Doneness: 170°F.

## How long does it take to cook chicken on a charcoal grill?

How long do you cook chicken on the grill? Grill for about 9-10 minutes. Flip the chicken breasts at the halfway point. I normally like to grill my chicken for about 10 minutes, flipping them at the halfway point in order to have beautiful sear marks on each side of the chicken.

## Do you flip a whole chicken when grilling?

Butterfly your chicken, season it well, start it skin side up on the cooler side of a two-zone indirect fire, cook it to within 25 to 35°F of your final serving temperature, flip it and move it skin side down over the hotter side of the grill, and cook until crisp and cooked through.

## What temperature do you grill a whole chicken?

You want the temperature inside your grill to be about 375 degrees. To barbecue the chicken, we will be using indirect heat. Place chicken on the barbecue with the legs facing the back of the barbecue on the opposite side of the heat. Close the lid and let cook for 45 minutes and do not open.

## How long does it take to grill a whole chicken?

Grill-roast the chicken

Close the lid and let the chicken cook for 60 minutes without removing the lid. After 60 minutes, remove the lid every 10 to 15 minutes to check for doneness using an instant-read meat thermometer. An average four-pound chicken will take about 90 minutes to grill-roast.

## Are you supposed to flip chicken?

No flipping or turning. Just pop it in the oven and forget it—just kidding, we didn’t mean that. Be careful to not cook the chicken at an overly high temperature, as the high heat can result in dry chicken.

## Can I cook a whole chicken on the BBQ?

Place the chicken on the grill and turn off the burner or burners directly below it, leaving the burners around it on (so the chicken will grill over indirect heat). Grill for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the chicken’s internal temprature at the thickest part reaches 165 degrees F.

## Do you flip a spatchcock chicken?

Flip the chicken over so it’s breast side down. Using your shears or knife cut just on each side of the backbone, cutting through the ribs and remove the spine completely. Place the chicken breast side back up and press down to crack the breast bones so it lays flat.

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## Does chicken really need to be 165?

The FDA Food Code recommends cooking chicken to 165°F (74°C). But the pasteurization of chicken is actually a function of both temperature and time. If you can hold your chicken at 145°F (63°C) for 8.5 minutes, you can achieve the same bacterial reduction as at 165°F (74°C).

## How can you tell when the chicken is done?

For properly cooked chicken, if you cut into it and the juices run clear, then the chicken is fully cooked. If the juices are red or have a pinkish color, your chicken may need to be cooked a bit longer.

## How long do you let chicken rest?

The larger the cut of meat, the more resting time it needs. Chicken breasts only need about 5-10 minutes, while a whole chicken should rest for at least 15-20 minutes. Rest the chicken uncovered or under tented aluminum foil to help retain heat.