How to cook whole chickens

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How to cook whole chickens ? Long considered the ultimate weeknight meal, some people would argue that no other protein even comes close to the humble domesticated chicken. Perhaps it’s because it’s so inexpensive, or because you can get a whole bird, a package of organic buffalo wings, or nothing at all, it’s surely the most universally understood of all animal meats. Allow us to demystify the process of cooking that perfect chicken for you. For the most enjoyment, experts recommend grilling your poultry to a satisfying crispy crust, but for the more leisurely at heart, slow roasting and poaching are better. Raw birds should first be washed off with soap and water before cooking, and dry with paper towels. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or roast with a lid on for 20 to 30 minutes.

Once the chicken is ready to cook, you can stuff it with a small cut of lemon, a clove of garlic, chopped onion, salt, parsley, ginger, and any other spices you would like to try. Sometimes this filling is placed inside the cavity and sometimes it is found in the center of the bird or on the skin of the bird. Check with consumers before starting to see what their preference is.

Put the stuffed chicken on top of the melted butter on the inside of a med dish to protect it and broil on each side for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Watch our videos on cooking a whole chicken to see how to easily prep, cook, and serve every part of the animal.

For those who would like a less fancy, yet also delicious, yet tutorial on how to cook whole chickens, we’ve provided a few recipes to help you out.

For those pessimists who feel life requires the perfection of fried chicken and killer fried chicken skin for the ultimate chicken breast, read this article to remind you that you can find happiness at your local Olive Garden.

1) Margaret Wagner’s Famous Oven Roasted Chicken

2) Smoked Southern Fried Chicken

3) Bloggers’ Fried Chicken Recipe

Yet perhaps the most surprising characteristic is that chickens grown in the purportedly cleanest colonies still have a “wild” taste and some “gamy, earthy” qualities.

How to cook whole chickens


1 Whole KOSHER Chicken, around 5 pounds or so

5-6 cups Vegetable Oil, for frying

1 cup Flour

5 tablespoons Kosher Salt

2 tablespoons Black Pepper

1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder

1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder

2-3 dashes dried Red Pepper Flakes

Butter, for basting

  1. Set up your Deep Fryer Method: In a heavy bottomed pot, heat 1 1/2″ of vegetable oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Set up your Baking Sheet Method: Place 2 wire racks on large baking sheets, and set oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Set up your Oil Combinations Method: If just using the Deep Fryer Method, skip to step 4. If using the Baking Sheet Method, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over low heat and brush the chicken and rack with the melted butter.
  4. Dip the Chicken in the Flour: In separate dish, combine 1 cup of flour with 5 tablespoons of kosher salt, 2 tablespoons black pepper, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, and 1/2 tablespoon onion powder. If using the Deep Fryer Method, dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, tapping the excess flour off. If using the Baking Sheet Method, dredge the chicken in the flour mixture in the saucepan.
  5. Frying (Deep Fryer): Lower the chicken into the vegetable oil, skin side down, by inserting a dowel or tongs into the cavity. Fry for 5-6 minutes per side, until cooked through. Lower the heat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit to slow the cooking process or lift the chicken out of the fryer if it’s creeping too fast. If you’re not sure if it’s done, cut a leg open and inspect the color of the juices.
  6. Baking (Baking Sheet): Cook in the oven for at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20mins-25 mins or until cooked through.

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