Because the best meat deal I see at Publix this week is whole chicken for $1.19/lb,, I thought I’d give you a few options on what to do with a whole chicken! To be honest you may be able to find it even a little cheaper elsewhere (I’ve seen it as low as $.88/lb. at Kroger, and Sam’s Club every day price was $.88/lb. the last time I checked), but some days it’s worth paying a little extra to save an extra trip!
I have to say, it’s pretty gross to cook the whole chicken if you haven’t done it before, but the meat is so yummy and the price can’t be beat! I know that the thought of cooking a whole chicken may sound completely disgusting if you haven’t done it before, but it really is super easy, and a great way to stock up on inexpensive meat. Here’s what you’ll need if you’re up for the challenge :)
One whole chicken
Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
Salt and Pepper
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Check to make sure there are no extra “gizzards” (or whatever those are – YUCK!) in breast cavity. Place whole chicken in crock pot. Add 6 cups water, then sprinkle one teaspoon Lawry’s salt, 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, and add salt and pepper (as desired). Cook for 6-8 hours on low. Let chicken cool and then pull from meat from bones. Note – You can season the chicken in the crock pot however you like. This is just the recipe I’ve used for years.
Now that you’ve got your chicken all cooked up, try it out in a few of these recipes! (Note that the coupon matchups on these are no longer current, but the recipes are still good!)
Sweet Chicken Salad (my favorite right now!)
Do you have another way that you use up your whole chicken? I’d love to hear your suggestions! And if you’ve never cooked the whole chicken I promise it’s not all that bad – if I can do it anyone can!