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Mar 25, 2011 10:56 AM

Roasting Two Chickens

Will roasting two chickens, as opposed to just one require an increase in temp and/or cooking time? Also, how long would you feel comfortable in letting them rest at room temp? I'd like to serve them at room temp and not refrigerate prior to serving. Thank you!

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  1. Unless your oven is terribly small or unstable in temperature, two chickens, not touching eachother on the roasting pan/s will take not longer than one. Judge the time based on the larger of the two if there is a difference.

    I am not very concerned about salmonella for the chickens that we eat, because we are country people and get them from a known source. Therefore, I would drape the chicken in foil and then cover with a bath-towel if I wanted to keep them warm after coming out of oven. This technique allowed us to keep a turkey hot at Christmas for over an hour before carving.

    But you mentioned serving at room temperature? unless you are VERY sure of your chicken source, I would be inclined to rest briefly and then refrigerate until the required temp and then carve and serve right away. Somehow the idea of simply letting them sit out past hot and down into warm sounds like it might provide a problem if there was ANY chance of bacteria.

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    1. re: LJS

      Should I just try to time this so I'm basically serving out of the oven? I'm afraid if I roast them and then refrigerate them, I then need to bring them to room temp. Because I don't want to serve them ice cold.

    2. Here's Martha Stewart's method for that:

      I think the important part is--
      "An instant-read thermometer inserted into the breast should read 180"

      4 Replies
      1. re: blue room

        wow, really, 180? That seems very high to me. Others?

        1. re: magiesmom

          160 is fine; the temp will increase as the meat rests. Daisy M, you can easily let the finished chickens rest for 30-45 minutes, and should. Personally, I'd leave them until nearly room temp but would err on the side of caution when other people are eating the chicken.

          1. re: greygarious

            Yes, I just need to get the timing down.

          2. re: magiesmom

            180 for the dark meat. 160-165 for the white.

            Two chickens in the oven at the same time is fine and will not take additional time to cook (it's not a microwave).

            Sitting on the counter for an hour or two would pose no real risk of harm. I've done it many times. A loose tent will cut down the speed of the cooling process.