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.
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