Make the Most of Whole Chicken

Save money on chicken dinners with cost-cutting recipes that use the whole bird.

  • Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce

    Even though it takes upwards of an hour, roasting is one of the simplest ways to prepare a whole chicken. This recipe features a gravy made from drippings, shallots, chicken broth, dry white wine, and lemon juice.
  • Classic Chicken Soup
    Photo: Anna Williams

    Classic Chicken Soup

    Homemade chicken soup is a flu season favorite, and a fabulous way to cook a whole chicken. Keep it simple with just chicken, carrots, celery, and onion, or add cooked noodles for a heartier version.
  • Chicken and Dumplings
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Chicken and Dumplings

    Chicken and Dumplings is the ultimate one-dish comfort food. It's also a great way to use up extra frozen veggies like broccoli and carrots–just toss them in with the peas.
  • The Best Darned Grilled Chicken Ever
    Kate Sears

    The Best Darned Grilled Chicken Ever

    Don't forget about whole chickens when you're grilling. A collection of unexpected spices, such as ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a Cajun blend give this grilled chicken its unique flavor.
  • King Ranch Chicken Casserole
    William Dickey; Melanie Clarke

    King Ranch Chicken Casserole

    One of our most popular recipes, this Southwestern-style casserole is perfect for a crowd. Make an extra casserole to freeze for a weeknight dinner crunch, and save the broth for a delicious soup starter.
  • Oven-Fried Chicken
    James Carrier

    Oven-Fried Chicken

    Oven-frying chicken gives the great flavor of KFC, but without the extra fat and calories. Save time by buying bread crumbs rather than making your own.
  • Oven Barbecue Beer-Can Chicken
    Lee Harrelson

    Oven Barbecue Beer-Can Chicken

    Beer-can chicken is incredibly juicy and a favorite from the grill. Get the same savory flavor in the oven–and in a fraction of the time– with this easy recipe.
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