Feeding a large family can be challenging from both a time and budget aspect. In addition, if you have little kids finding something that they like to eat and healthy can also add to the chaos. The next time you are faced with this challenge, rather than pulling up to the closest fast food restaurant, you should use one of these whole chicken recipes.
Whole chickens are a great economical way to feed a large family. And if your family is not large, you will have leftovers for the next day! Whole chickens are also healthy and with vegetables can become an easy and simple alternative to fast food. Usually, your grocery store near by will have whole chickens on sale once a week, so make sure to check your local ads.
Cooking whole chickens is easy and simple. You will only need a few things including a roasting rack with pan, spices, and olive oil or butter. It is also fun to cook a whole chicken because you have creative freedom. You can mix and match flavors and stuff almost anything you like into the chicken’s cavity including lemons, onions, peppers, etc.
Here are a few whole chicken recipes to get your started:
All recipes will require you to purchase a whole chicken. If you want, you can cut the whole chicken up prior to cooking. I prefer to cook the chicken whole because the chicken cavity can be a great place to add flavors.
Recipe Number One: Orange Tangerine Roasted Chicken adapted from Cooks.com
- 2 tangerines, halved
- ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
- ¾ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ¼ orange marmalade
First you will need to zest the tangerines until you have 1 ½ teaspoons zest. Then squeeze the tangerines until you have 2/3 cup juice. Place the leftover tangerines in the chicken cavity.
In a small bowl, combine butter, rosemary, salt, pepper, and zest. Rub the mixture over the chicken (chicken should be on the roasting rack). Combine broth and juice in the same bowl and rub over chicken.
Cook whole chicken at 350°F for 1 to 2 hours. The temperature of the chicken should reach 160°F. For the last five minutes of cooking, brush the marmalade on top of the chicken.
Let sit 20 minutes before carving and serve! Add vegetables or a side salad for a complete meal!
Recipe Number Two: Roasted Whole Chicken with Rosemary adapted from Allrecipes.com
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 small onion, quartered
- 1/4 cup butter
First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Then place the rosemary and onion inside the cavity of the whole chicken. Cut the butter into thin slices and rub between the skin and the breast of the chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the chicken on a roasting rack and cook for 1 to 2 hours (depending on the size of the bird). The chicken will be done when it registers 160°F.