Whole Chicken Recipes

Baked, roasted, grilled, fried, or simmered. Find tasty ways to make the most of whole chicken.

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Honey Baked Chicken II

Rating: 4.52 stars
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Baked chicken with a sweet and spicy glaze.

Chicken Savoy

Rating: 4.4 stars
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A whole chicken cut into pieces and baked with a simple mixture of olive oil, chicken stock, garlic, spices and cheese - topped with balsamic vinegar just before serving. The best Chicken Savoy on the planet is served at the Belmont Tavern in Bloomfield, where it was invented by Stretch himself. Go there, order Savoy for two, and order Zita with pot cheese. They make a wonderful combination. The place is not fancy, but the food is outstanding. This is a recipe to eat with your fingers and get juices on your hands. Yum!

Roast Chicken with Rosemary

Rating: 4.63 stars
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When I was in Vicenza, Italy at an open market downtown, I smelled this scrumptious smell of roast chicken at this stand. So I bought one of their chickens and looked what they stuffed in the cavity to make it taste so good! I also do my turkeys like this too!

Chef John's Salt Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.69 stars
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This is one of those rare recipes where the name is the same as the ingredient list. You're going to be so shocked at how flavorful, juicy, and amazing this roast chicken comes out.

Crispy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.71 stars
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This oven-roasted chicken is inspired by the Brathaehnchen served commonly in Bavarian Biergartens, small shops, and food carts. You can serve this chicken with many side dishes, but favorites are fried potatoes or spaetzle and a nice garden salad. Weiss beer doesn't hurt at all!

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken

Rating: 4 stars
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An easy slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken. This is such a simple recipe for something SO good! Serve hot with steamed rice.

Chef John's Chicken Under a Brick

Rating: 4.69 stars
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You should use a big cast iron pan for this, but it will also work in a high-quality, heavy-duty stainless steel pan, or other oven-proof skillet. The key is to heat it very well before the chicken goes in. Other than that, there's really no way to screw it up, unless you under or overcook it, which won't happen, since you're going to check it with the thermometer.

Spatchcock Chicken

Rating: 4.61 stars
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Spatchcocking makes for a bird with super crisp skin and moist meat, in about half the time it takes to roast a whole bird.

Baked Beer Can Chicken

Rating: 4.58 stars
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This chicken always turns out juicy and tender with robust flavor. Are you tired of the same old boring chicken? Try this one! It is so easy to prepare and cook. There are other versions that can be cooked on the grill but we prefer ours in the oven. It's a dinner our whole family loves.

Chef John's Nashville Hot Chicken

Rating: 4.6 stars
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If you've never had Nashville Hot Chicken, we're talking about an ultra-crispy fried chicken doused with a cayenne-infused glaze, and by 'glaze' I mean melted butter and lard. For the record, I've never been to Nashville, so I can't tell you how authentic this is, but it works for me, and is fairly easy to pull off.

Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Rating: 4.69 stars
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Ever wish you could get that restaurant-style rotisserie chicken at home? Well, with minimal preparation and about 5 hours' cooking time (great for the weekends!) you can! I don't bother to baste the bird, though some like to for the first hour. The pan juices always caramelize at the bottom, and the chicken will turn golden brown...fall-off-the-bone good!

Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.62 stars
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The combination of unique ingredients make this chicken dish delicious. It roasts beautifully and is surprisingly fast once it's in the oven. I serve this with the Chimichurri Sauce I found on Allrecipes, and I can't get enough! Plus the leftovers are fantastic for sandwiches, salads, and Mexican dishes.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Good Frickin' Paprika Chicken
Rating: Unrated
52
The spicy yogurt marinade and oil and vinegar-based sauce make this grilled chicken a standout.
How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot
Before you head to the grocery store to pick up a rotisserie chicken, consider cooking a whole chicken yourself. 

Juicy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.71 stars
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My grandmother's recipe for roasted chicken. We are German and she used to do it this way all the time. I never have had a chicken this juicy before; this little trick works and makes the people eating it go silent. It's funny. We nibble on the celery after.