As busy moms I think that we all go through those dinner slumps where we’re making the same things week after week and crave something different and exciting. Well guess what? Something as simple as a whole chicken can create some serious variety in your dinner repertoire! A few years ago I wouldn’t even give those whole chickens a second look, no matter how great of a sale! Why? Well, honestly, they scared me! I just wasn’t sure what to do with them, but the best way to learn is to just dive in and I eventually did! Lucky for you, I have some ideas to share and give you some inspiration.
- Rotisserie Style: Season the whole chicken to death with a homemade rub, stuff it with some onions and bake for an extended amount of time like I did here (pardon the photos). The skin is amazingly tasty and crisp and the meat is juicy and delectable!
- Slow-cook it: Instead of baking the chicken, you can season it up, adding whatever vegetables or fruits to the mix, then let it cook slowly in your crock pot! For crispy skin you can even add some balled up foil to the bottom of your slow cooker to raise the chicken above where the juices will gather.
- Cut it up: Another option is to cut up the chicken (there’s plenty of videos around that will help guide you) and then you have the smaller pieces. You can barbecue them or even take the skin off too and glaze and bake.
- Shredded chicken: After I have a rotisserie I’ll typically use the leftover chicken for a second meal the following day. For this you just get as much chunks off the bones as possible and shred them up. You can add some flavors or sauces and make a great filling for shredded chicken burgers, or even my favorite chicken tacos.
- Boil it for soup: The last thing I do after it seems I’ve utilized all my chicken is boil the rest of the bones and carcass. Usually there’s still some meat in there and it makes a great chicken stock. Then you can make a soup with the little bits of chicken and stock. Add some great vegetables and some noodles and you have a great soup for the season!
What’s your favorite way to use a whole chicken? I invite you to share your own ideas!