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Whole Chicken Kitchen Hacks and Recipes

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Using the whole chicken is the most economical way to cook chicken. But what the heck do you do with them? Check out this collection of Whole Chicken Kitchen Hacks and Recipes to help you the biggest bang for your grocery dollar

Are you intimidated to cook with a whole chicken? If so, this post is for you - Whole Chicken Kitchen Hacks and Recipes. Learn how to cook the whole chicken and save money!!

Welcome! If you’re here, you probably like to feed your family healthy foods on a budget! I try to feed my family mostly local, in-season, and organic food. But that can get expensive. Especially when it comes to meat. One way I save money on buying organic meat is to look for less expensive cuts of meats – and when it comes to chicken, that means using the WHOLE chicken. There are a lot of benefits to using the whole chicken in addition to cost, but I know they are overwhelming to contemplate for a lot of people. I hope this post will help you feel better about using the whole chicken, and it’s divided into two parts:

Whole Chicken Kitchen Hacks and Recipes

1. Kitchen Tips, Tricks, & Hacks so you know how to cook the chicken.
2. Delicious recipe ideas for using the whole chicken

These posts will teach you how to cut up a whole chicken and also show you how to cook it properly using a lot of different techniques.

Whole Chicken Recipes

How to get the most out of your whole chicken {7 meals One Chicken} – Don’t Waste the Crumbs

How to butcher a chicken – Just a Taste {A live chicken?}

How to cut up a whole chicken – A Return to Simplicity

Whole Chicken Recipes

How to grill a whole chicken – Tablespoon

How to debone a whole chicken – Parley Sage Sweet

How to cook a whole chicken in a bundt pan – Mr Food

Whole Chicken Recipes

How to cook a whole chicken in a crock pot – The Kitchen Wife

How to butterfly {Spatchcock} a whole chicken – Culinary Ginger

How to brine a whole chicken – Cooking with Kimberly

Now that you know how to prepare the whole chicken, here are some delicious recipe ideas for cooking it!

Whole Chicken Kitchen Hacks

How to smoke a whole chicken – Add a Pinch

How to butterfly roast a chicken in less than an hour – Bon Appetit

How to cook a whole chicken in a pressure cooker – Healing Gourmet

Whole Chicken Recipes

 Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk – Platter Talk

Chicken Broth Recipe – My Cultured Palate

5 Ingredient Sticky Stove Top Balsamic Drumsticks – Recipe Tin Eats


If I still haven’t convinced you to try cooking with the whole chicken (because honestly, sometimes I just can’t be bothered with the whole thing), you may enjoy these recipes instead:


One Skillet Mediterranean Chicken – on the table in 30 minutes – one of my favorite meals.


BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich – Easy slow cooker recipe


One pot Greek chicken pasta

Well, are you inspired to cook a whole chicken? Let me know what you made and how it turned out!

Whole Chicken Recipes

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankNicky says

    We do whole chickens at least 2x a month because it is cheaper than buying cut up versions. These give me new ideas to cook this month. Thanks.

  2. blankCrystal says

    I should get whole chickens more than I do, and yes, I don’t want to waste parts I don’t like….of course, now I have a family who will eat those parts! I think it’s time to read more about them.

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