A compilation of recipes of 6 ways to cook a whole chicken. Whole chickens are a great way to stretch a grocery budget and can be very flavorful.
There are 6 basic ways to cook a whole chicken – stove top, oven, slow cooker, instant pot, grill, and smoker. Keep scrolling to find recipes for cooking a whole chicken all of these ways!
Any whole chicken recipe can be cooked in any of these ways. You just need to know how long to cook it for in that appliance.
Stove top – boiling for about an hour and a half.
Oven – roasted for about an hour to an hour and a half.
Slow Cooker – 4-6 hours.
Instant Pot – set for 30 minutes.
Grill – roasted for an hour to an hour and a half.
Smoker – around 3 hours
Whole chickens are very versatile and are a great way to stretch your grocery budget. I pay somewhere between $4 and $5 per chicken. The meat from each chicken can be used for more than one meal. If you were to use it for 2 meals, that could be $2.50 for the protein of a meal.
Jamie’s Quick Mexican Chicken Soup uses 2 cups of cooked chicken. I can get at least 6 cups from one whole chicken. Her soup easily serves 6. If you do that math, that’s 28¢ per person. I call that a steal!
Another steal is Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. The recipe calls for 2 -3 cups of chicken. That makes it 42¢ to 63¢ per person.
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