9 Ways to Cook a Whole Chicken

Cooking a fancy Sunday supper for the in-laws or a weekend feast for your pals?

Consider cooking a whole chicken! Yes, the entire bird. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you’d think once you get over the handling of raw meat more so than usual. For the most part, it’s easy and takes minimal prep time. We’ve chosen a variety of spice combinations and preparations to show you, but the sky’s the limit, so get creative with your bird!

We’ve got 9 recipes for you to try that involve a whole chicken! Venture out this weekend, and cook something new.

Grill or Smoke A Spatchcock Chicken

Grill a spatchcock chicken

While we’re at it, spatchcocking chicken works really well on the grill. It’s one big piece of meat that you can flip, season, baste, and char easily without making a mess of your grill. This recipe is all about the smoky barbecue flavors, but you can load it up with your spices of choice!

Smoked Whole Chicken


You can smoke a whole chicken! And this one looks glorious! Psst. Did you know Edley’s does smoked chicken? It’s pretty good…come in and try it!

Dutch Oven Garlic Chicken


Garlic overload, and we LOVE it! This preparation is easy peasy and cooks in a dutch oven in your oven. We love the one-pot meal ideas, and this is a great way to cook seasonal veggies along with your bird.

Tip! If cooking a whole chicken sounds too intimidating, cut it up and use the parts separately. Here’s a great tutorial on how to cut a chicken.

Perfect One Hour Whole Roasted Chicken

perfect one hour roasted chicken

You are just one hour from a juicy, tender roasted chicken. This recipe uses herbs, lemons, and plenty of butter!

Crock Pot Honey Lemon Chicken


Thank goodness for crockpots! Not only does the chicken come out juicy and falling off the bone, but it’s covered in a sweet honey sauce that makes it irresistible to the pickiest eaters.

Beer Can Chicken


Yeah, we said beer can chicken. This bird is grilled upright with a can of (opened) beer in its cavity. The spice combinations are endless, so get creative. But in case you need a set recipe, follow this one!

Cajun Whole Roast Chicken

cajun whole roasted chicken

Craving cajun? This is the chicken recipe for you! With spices like smoked paprika, garlic, white pepper, and cayenne pepper, this chicken is spicy and delicious. The creator of this whole roasted chicken recipe recommends throwing in some chopped potatoes to cook in the same cajun spices…yum!

A Kick-Ass Spicy Roast Chicken


Looking for a winner for a dinner party with pals? This chicken will spice things up and leave guests wanting the recipe. The color of the spicy oil mixture with the char from the oven makes this bird a beauty.

Tip! Be sure to have a thermometer handy when cooking a whole bird. Check the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh but don’t touch the bone. If the temperature is 165 degrees, it’s done. Another clue is clear juices. If there’s any pink, stick the bird back in.

Whole Roast Masala Chicken

Masala Chicken

With herbs like turmeric, cumin, coriander, and garlic, this chicken will enlighten your taste buds. The Indian-style chicken is gorgeous and simple to prepare.

There you have it. 9 ways to cook a whole bird. Chances are your grandma did this sort of thing all the time, so call her if you get stuck…she’d love to hear from you!


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