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6 Ways to Cook a Whole Chicken

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. We have cooked and blogged 5 of the 6 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 – coming soon

Whole chickens are very versatile and are a great way to stretch your grocery budget. Jamie and I were discussing whole chicken recipes and discovered that some people charge $20 per chicken. 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. 

Stove Top Whole Chicken Recipes

Oven Roasted Whole Chicken Recipes

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipes

Grill Roasted Whole Chicken Recipes

Smoked Whole Chicken Recipes coming soon.

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Gramma Bergan

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Hi, just saw your recipe for peas, cheese and pickles. I had it growing up we called it peas, pickles and cheese. We are in Minnesota. Wonder if it has something to do with nationality.