How much time does a chicken,take to roast in a wood oven. I have a thermometer and a probe.. Fernanda Birrell

How much time does a chicken,take to roast in a wood oven.  I have a thermometer and a probe..The oven is a domed pizza oven 1m sq. Fernanda Birrell

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fernanda birrell (author) 2 years ago

It was not a success my chicken, so I have not tried it again. Thermometer gets all black. I am waiting to get a laser thermometer from Amazon to try it again. Anyway it is nice grilled.

fernanda birrell (author) 5 years ago
Hi all of you who helped me our. Cooked the chuck, for 1 and a half hours, on a 300ºC temperature oven. I came out moist and tasty, it was a free range chicken. my oven is a basic Portuguese made, no chimney, type, and I think I made a mistake in allowing the fire to burn inside and in leaving the small 1 1/2" inspection vent open and the fire burning inside, which meant the chicken was being smoked.
The taste of smoke did not help the taste. I also think I should have covered it with foil at the beginning of the roasting time. The potatoes were beautifully roasted in 40 minutes, parboiled first, and I also cooked a pumpkin pie, savoury, under the chicken. So next time I will cover the chicken in foil at the start, not leave wood burning inside and a vent open. Otherwise, it was nice and moist and tasty, and thank you all for your input. By next year I will be ready for a goose or a turkey, I am sure.
canucksgirl5 years ago
The general rule for cooking chicken is 20 minutes per pound at 350 F. You want to ensure that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 F. Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part (away from bone) and check temperature.

The temperature of a wood burning oven can vary dramatically. You want to ensure that your chicken is cooked evenly. If you're using a roasting pan, turn it periodically from the coals. If you're using a spit (rotisserie) you'll simply need to ensure the distance is such that the chicken does not burn before it is cooked.

Either way you'll need to build a good fire until you are left with a large pile of hot coals. Keep feeding the fire for as long as you need cooking time.

Here is a great website that has a lot of information about traditional wood burning ovens.
For this oven, I would also try a grilling method. Have you tried making Drunk Chicken?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Beer-Can-Chicken/
This is the only way I cook chicken these days, indoors or out. When I get the bird at the store, I also see if they sell little pop-up thermometers that you insert into the breast. The only drawback of this method is that you need a tall oven to cook drunk chicken. My Weber grill can only cook a bird that's like 2kg or less, or the lid won't shut. If your oven is tall, then go ahead with the 3kg or more birds and give this a try. Cheers!
rickharris5 years ago
Until the thick part of the meat reached 190 deg F or about 85 deg C - At an oven temp or around 175 - 190 this should take perhaps an hour to 1 1/2 hours
fernanda birrell (author)  rickharris5 years ago
Thanks. I was not expecting such a long time, but I will see what happens when I cook it tomorrow. I will let you know. My oven does not reach much over 200ºc as it is not insulated yet. Which is why I am worrying. But it is fun to get to know it.


AND? how long did it take and how was it?
190 is way too high for me. I stop chicken at 160 a cover it with foil. It then will usually peak at 170 and the white meat doesn't dry out.
My meat thermometer show 170 - 190 your around the bottom end of that.


As long as there isn't any pink meat your OK. (although perhaps I shouldn't admit this) but I HAVE eaten chicken that has been pink near the thigh bone and had no adverse effects.
fernanda birrell (author) 5 years ago
I agree, so long as the chicken is not frozen, pink or light pink is o.k. and the flesh is moist. I am going to try it tomorrow, so thanks for all the answers. The turning around bit, so one side is not always near the coals is something I should have thought about. Thanks for all your help. I will let you know.