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How to Bake Chicken at 375

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author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Baked whole chicken is a quick and nutritious centerpiece to a healthy dinner. Baking chicken breasts, wings, drumsticks or thighs is also nearly effortless, and allows you to prepare the rest of the meal while it cooks. Oven-baking chicken at 375 degrees Fahrenheit is hot enough to give you a browned and slightly crispy skin, but not so hot that the chicken either scorches on the outside or cooks for so long that it dries out. No matter what temperature you use to bake chicken, only an instant-read thermometer can tell you for certain that it’s done.

Step 1

How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2

How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Wash your chicken or chicken pieces under cool water and pat them dry.

Step 3

How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Massage softened, unsalted butter into the skin of your chicken or chicken pieces. If cooking skinless chicken breasts, skip this step.

Step 4

How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Sprinkle poultry seasoning over the chicken, chicken pieces or skinless chicken breasts.

Step 5

How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Pour a little bit of water into the baking dish. Just enough to cover the bottom is enough; this is to give you a little bit of liquid to baste with until the chicken’s juices start to run. Pour a splash of white wine over the chicken or chicken pieces if you like.

Step 6

How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Place the baking dish into the hot oven. If you are cooking a whole chicken, it should bake for approximately 30 minutes per pound. Chicken pieces should bake for 30 to 45 minutes and then be checked for doneness. Baste the chicken or chicken pieces every ten to fifteen minutes for a juicier result.

Step 7

How to Bake Chicken at 375
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Check the internal temperature by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken or chicken pieces. Do not let the thermometer's probe touch bone, or you won't get an accurate reading. The chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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