What’s For Dinner? Whole Chicken Recipes!

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
Garlic 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  (Note that the coupon matchups on these are no longer current, but the recipes are still good!)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!)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Almost Homemade Chicken Pot Pie 

Chicken and Noodles

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken Tettrazini

Chicken and Dressing

Chicken and Rice

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!

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  1. Poppyseed chicken and chicken crescents are the two recipes I make the most with my cooked chicken. Maybe one for dinner tomorrow now that you got me thinking about it.

    • Staci – that sounds great – I need to try that out (like we don’t have enough chicken around here already!) 🙂

  2. This is awesome, you made me laugh out loud when you were talking about the gizzards & etc. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe too! Yummo!

  3. I cant believe i was so “chicken” to cook..this was a total hit

  4. Mmm sounds awesome. Maybe my friends and I can make it this week.

  5. I just started cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot, so easy. I put a cut up onion on the bottom, put the chicken on top, season, no liquid. High for 4-5 hours. Make a broth using the bones and liquid that comes from the chicken, skim the fat. Thanks for the recipes!

  6. When you say whole chicken does that mean the cute little ones? I’m not sure what they’re called but in the ad they’re referred to as “cornish game hens” (I think). Is that the same thing?
    As a person who always just purchased the meat already separated and is getting tired of porkchops and chicken breast, I’m willing to try this out and don’t want to mess up if I can prevent it.

    • You probably could use the cornish hens, Bree, but they are TINY 🙂 Instead I’d get the ones that are the whole chicken – a little big bigger and have tons of meat. . . if you’re unsure in the store just ask your meat manager. Hope that helps!

      • Okay! I knew they were small, but wasn’t sure if their size was a problem. I guess it just depends on what I can fit into my crock pot. Thank you for answering so quickly! I really love this site and the recipes are a plus!

  7. I like to season a whole chicken with whatever I happen to have, then put it in the crockpot on low, no liquids added, and cook a few hours until the meat is falling off the bone. Take all the meat off, then put the bones and skin back in the crockpot, cover with water, add onions, celery, carrots (all chopped) and some salt and seasonings, (purple ruffled leaf basil is the BEST), then let it cook overnight on low, and strain it in the morning. This will be the best homemade chicken broth you could ever imagine.


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