10 Different Ways To Cook A Whole Chicken, from roasting, to slow cooking, smoking to brining and poaching. Classic recipes and Asian recipes for you to try!
You may have landed on this page because you've searched for different ways to cook a whole chicken. Perhaps you've got a whole chicken in your fridge and you're wondering what to do with it. Perhaps you fancy a change from the traditional method of roasting a chicken and you're tired of always roasting your chicken.
Well, you need not look any further because we've got a great selection of 10 different ways to cook a whole chicken. All the recipes are easy to follow and we hope you will feel inspired to try something a little different from a classic roast chicken in the oven.
Chicken is an incredibly versatile ingredient, budget-friendly, and can be so full of flavor if cooked right. You may be asking how to stop a chicken from being dry, or how to cook a chicken fast. Perhaps you want to use your new multicooker or Instantpot and slow cook your whole chicken.
The recipes below have been generously shared by a select few bloggers we have chosen because we KNOW they are reliable recipes and won't disappoint.
Whether you're planning to cook a whole chicken for a Sunday dinner or preparing to serve chicken on your Thanksgiving table, we've selected something for everyone, with tips on how to smoke a chicken, how to poach, brine, slow cook, roast in a Dutch oven, rubs to flavor your whole chicken, and we've also got some great Chinese and Filipino flavors to give you a delicious variety to choose from.
Maybe you're wondering how to get crispy skin on a roast chicken without the meat going dry? Our Classic Sunday Roast Chicken Dinner will show you how to do that!
Each recipe listed below has all the ingredients and cooking instructions you need to make sure your whole chicken turns out fantastic and full of amazing flavors. So scroll down to whatever takes your fancy and click on any of the photos and you'll be taken straight to the recipe. Please enjoy and happy cooking!
Let's start off with a Filipino classic from Manila Spoon, Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo. This chicken is slowly braised in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and bay leaves until fall-off-the-bone tender and DELICIOUS. This classic dish can be made a day ahead and tastes even better the next day! You can use a whole chicken or indeed, cut the chicken into portions. Use your slow cooker, crockpot, Instant pot or multicooker!
Staying with the Asian theme, here's our very own wonderful Chinese Drunken Soy Chicken, poached in amazing Chinese spices, soy sauce, and rice wine. There are also instructions on how to cut and present the whole chicken in a traditional Chinese way, on the serving plate, and comes with a recipe for a delicious ginger and scallion dipping sauce. Yummy!
This Brined and Roasted Chicken from Life Currents comes with easy instructions and also some ideas on how to use the chicken to make even more new dishes! So versatile!
This next recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch is loaded with flavor of herbs, lemon and garlic, and all cooked together so you don't have lots of washing up! Roasted Chicken With Leeks.
Have you ever wondered how to smoke a chicken? This next recipe from Noshing With The Nolands is fabulous! There are great instructions and of course, this would also work for your Thanksgiving Turkey if you wanted to try something different! Your chicken turns out so juicy with a lovely smoked flavor.
One of Lovefoodies popular Chinese recipes is our Chinese Roast Chicken, made in a lovely marinade and then roasted to get a wonderfully crispy skin with juicy meat. This is delicious served in little pancakes as you can see in the photo. It makes for a great interactive dinner where everyone can build their own parcels or you can also use as party food and serve as appetizers!
So you want to cook a chicken fast and have it tasty and juicy right? Culinary Ginger gives some great instructions on how to butterfly or spatchcock a whole chicken. Step by step photos to show you how it's done! It's very easy to do and certainly makes for a stunning presentation once cooked! There's also a great recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas so take a look!
Following on from Culinary Ginger's Spatchcock chicken guide above, we've got a delicious whole flattened chicken recipe flavored with lemon, garlic, and tarragon. The flavors are a perfect combination, and when cooked on the grill or BBQ or oven, you will get delicious juicy meat and crispy skin bursting with flavor!
Want to cook all your vegetables at the same time and in the same pan as your whole chicken? This delicious recipe from The Kitchen Is My Playground does just that! Easy to prepare, and packed full of flavor, this certainly won't disappoint your taste buds! Whole Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
and finally, if you're looking for a great tried and tested rub mix for that chicken of yours, try this Roasted Chipotle and Garlic Spice Mix from Life Currents. Make a batch and store in a jar for future meals too! Rub it all over and inside your chicken before grilling or roasting to give your chicken a little kick of heat and spice!
So there you have a wonderful variety of 10 different ways to cook a whole chicken. Of course there are many more ways to cook whole chickens and we'd love to hear from you in the comments below your favorite way to cook a whole chicken so please do let us know!