Whole Chicken - Whether you prefer the convenience of an oven, the slow-cooked tenderness of a crock pot, the smoky flavors from a smoker, or the sizzling grills, our Whole Chicken is ready to elevate your cooking experience.
- Oven: Preheat your oven to the desired temperature, season the chicken with your preferred seasonings, and place it on a roasting rack in a baking dish. Roast until the internal temperature reaches 165°F for juicy and perfectly cooked meat. Baste occasionally for added flavor and moisture.
- Crock Pot: Place the chicken in the crock pot along with your favorite vegetables, herbs, and spices. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until the chicken is tender and falls off the bone. The slow cooking process ensures maximum flavor and tenderness.
- Smoker: Prepare your smoker with your preferred wood chips and bring it to the desired temperature. Season the chicken generously and place it on the smoker rack. Smoke at a low and consistent temperature for several hours, infusing the meat with deep smoky flavors.
- Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Season the chicken and place it directly on the grill grates. Cook for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. The grill imparts a delicious char and smoky flavor to the chicken.
- Classic Roasted Chicken: Rub the chicken with a mixture of herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Roast it in the oven until golden brown and serve with roasted vegetables and a side of mashed potatoes for a comforting and timeless meal. See below for using leftovers*
- BBQ Pulled Chicken: Slow-cook the chicken in a tangy barbecue sauce in the crock pot until the meat is tender. Shred the chicken and serve it on buns with coleslaw for a mouthwatering sandwich.
- Smoked Lemon Herb Chicken: Marinate the chicken in a zesty blend of lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs. Smoke it until perfectly cooked, creating a succulent and aromatic dish. Serve with grilled vegetables for a vibrant and healthy feast.
- Chicken Soup: Simmer the chicken with aromatic vegetables, herbs, and spices to create a flavorful broth. Add noodles or rice, and vegetables for a comforting and nourishing soup.
- Chicken Salad: Shred the chicken and mix it with mayonnaise, celery, and seasonings to make a delicious and versatile chicken salad. Enjoy it in sandwiches, wraps, or on top of salads.
*Use the leftovers to make chicken noodle soup, and use the leftover frame to make chicken broth/stock:
- Using Roasted Chicken for Chicken Noodle Soup:
- After enjoying your delicious roasted chicken, remove any remaining meat from the bones and set it aside. Shred or chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
- In a large pot, sauté diced onions, carrots, and celery in a bit of olive oil until they soften and become fragrant.
- Add your preferred seasonings such as garlic, thyme, and bay leaves to the pot, along with the chicken pieces.
- Pour in chicken broth or stock*(Recipe Below) and bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow it to cook for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
- Add your favorite pasta, such as egg noodles or rotini, and cook until al dente. Be sure to follow the recommended cooking time on the pasta package.
- Adjust the seasoning to taste, adding salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices as desired.
- Serve the chicken noodle soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley or dill if desired. It's a comforting and nourishing dish perfect for chilly days or when you need a hearty meal.
*Using Leftover Chicken Frame for Chicken Broth/Stock:
- Once you've removed all the meat from the roasted chicken, don't discard the carcass! It can be transformed into a flavorful chicken broth or stock.
- Place the chicken frame (bones, skin, and any remaining bits) in a large stockpot or slow cooker. Add chopped onions, carrots, celery, garlic cloves, and any other aromatic vegetables and herbs you prefer.
- Pour enough water into the pot to fully cover the chicken frame and vegetables.
- If using a stockpot, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for a minimum of 2 hours, or ideally up to 6 hours. If using a slow cooker, cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- As the broth simmers, skim off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface using a spoon or skimmer.
- Once the broth has simmered for the desired time, remove the pot from the heat and strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any solids.
- Allow the broth to cool, then store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze it for longer storage.
- The homemade chicken broth/stock can be used in various recipes such as soups, stews, sauces, and risottos, adding a depth of flavor and richness to your dishes.
By utilizing the roasted chicken for chicken noodle soup and transforming the leftover frame into homemade chicken broth/stock, you can maximize the deliciousness and minimize waste, ensuring every part of the chicken is put to good use in your culinary creations.