9 Delicious Whole Chicken Dishes {Recipes}

Below you will find 9 delicious ways on how to cook a chicken including crock pot cooking, baking or grilling the budget friendly whole chicken.  Summer time is meant for being outside, enjoying days out and about in the sun. With that in mind, an easy dinner dish is in order. Throw your inexpensive whole chicken into a crock pot or oven before heading to the beach and you’ll come home to a savory meal that satisfies the whole bunch. If you’re lounging by the pool in the backyard with friends, then grilling is another fabulous option to feed a group.

Crock Pot Cooking

Slow Cooker “Rotisserie” Whole Chicken Create the flavor of a rotisserie with the ease of your slow cooker, some seasoned salt and aluminum foil. An added bonus to this post – it was a linky, so you’ll find a bunch of great recipes from other bloggers below the rotisserie chicken recipe.

Garlic Lovers Crock Pot Chicken Who doesn’t love garlic? This recipe calls for lots of it along with some onion, wine and hours of slow cooking. You end with a delicious, fall of the bone chicken dish.

Rosemary, Citrus, Garlic Crockpot Chicken This adds a citrus spin on the whole chicken dish. Slice up some of your favorite citrus fruits like lemon, lime and oranges. Throw in some traditional ingredients like garlic, onion and rosemary and you have a flavorful crockpot meal.

Spiced Slow Cooker Chicken Traditional spices to include paprika, cayenne,  garlic and onion powder to name a few are mixed together into a paste  and then rubbed onto the chicken for a kick of flavor for this slow cooked meal.

Oven Baked Whole Chicken

Simply Roasted Chicken A simple dry spice rub that includes cumin and garlic powder among others that you find as common staples in your pantry tops this chicken before roasting it in the oven after slathering with some olive oil to help the skin crisp. Simply delicious!

Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Figs and Sweet Onions Coat this chicken in a balsamic and honey mixture. Add in the sweet onions, figs and sprigs of rosemary to complete the dish. A couple of hours of roasting and you have a delicious and unique roasted chicken dish.

Grilled Whole Chicken

7 Steps to a Perfect Grilled Chicken (step-by-step photos) This method for grilling chicken reminds me of my Grandfather’s way – simple seasoning, basting the chicken as you go to make the skin crisp. Perfection for a backyard barbecue.

Brick Grilled with Scallion & Lime Butter (step-by-step photos) This recipe requires that you spatchcock aka butterfly your chicken – but it includes photos that show you the process for the novices out there (like me).  Add weight for speedy cooking by using a brick. A mixture of butter, scallions and other herb ingredients make for a tasty basting element. This makes me want to fire up the grill immediately!

Thai Grilled Whole Chicken A Tai spin on the grilled whole chicken. Another recipe that requires you spatchcock (butterfly) your chicken. Included is a classic Tai marinade with ingredients like fresh garlic,  whole white peppercorns among others. You create a paste-like marinade which sticks to the chicken breast creating a classic Tai infused grill dish.

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This post contributed by Nicole at Moments that Define Life. Nicole is a stiletto wearing, Cabernet sipping Mama to three girls. She has spent the bulk of her life being a   bad cook.  But, she has reformed her ways and vows to improve her skills each day in an effort to keep her husband. Her efforts are lost on her children, who respectfully prefer chicken nuggets and PB&J’s.


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  1. Wonderful collection of chicken recipes. While I am personally trying to go the vegan way (thanks to some of my friends and a yoga class), I am yet to embrace it completely.

  2. I like to cook food on the grill enough to get the outside the way I like it, then finish it in the slow cooker, or microwave, to make sure the internal temperature is up to at least 165 degrees. And cooking it in the slow cooker with some beer or wine or tomato sauce makes it very moist. I also like to cook some extra hamburg patties on the grill, to put in spaghetti sauce. Let them cool enough so you can handle them, and break the patties into pieces into the spaghetti sauce.

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