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Cooking a Whole Chicken - Simple Chicken Recipes for Frugal Moms

Cooking a whole chicken can be an easy and delicious way to feed a large family or to cook a meal for your family that will yield a great deal of yummy leftovers. Below you will find whole chicken recipes to delight both your tastebuds and your wallet.

cooking a whole chicken

Cooking a Whole Chicken - Recipe #1:
Baked Chicken with Orange Juice
(Source: The Joy of Cooking)

The first of our cheap chicken recipes is simple to make and is also a quick meal.
What You Will Need:
  • 1 chicken, quartered
  • 4 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped onions
  • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into small sections
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of packed dark brown sugar
What To Do:
  1. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry. Smear the skin with the Dijon mustard
  2. Place the chicken, skin side down in a shallow roasting pan.
  3. Sprinkle the onions and pats of butter on the chicken
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Pour the orange juice around the chicken and then place the chicken in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Baste once halfway through.
  6. Flip the chicken over, skin side up and sprinkle it with the brown sugar before returning to the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken and place it on a platter. Pour the juice into a skillet and boil on high heat until it thickens to a syrupy consistency. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken. Enjoy!

Cooking a Whole Chicken – Recipe #2: Honey Baked Chicken

The second of our whole chicken recipes utilizes a sweet and spicy glaze sure to the palate.
What You Will Need:
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of pure honey
  • 1/4 cup of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
What To Do:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place the chicken, skin side up, in a shallow pan
  3. In a bowl, mix together the butter, honey, mustard, and salt.
  4. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and bake for 75 minutes, making sure to baste the chicken every quarter of an hour with the pan drippings.
  5. Enjoy!

Cooking a Whole Chicken – Recipe #3: Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken is a dish that is often prepared on the grill, but this recipe will show you how to make it in the oven. This recipe will yield chicken that is tender, moist, and flavorful.
What You Will Need:
  • One 12 ounce can of beer (if you prefer something else, you can substitute the beer for wine, fruit juice, or broth but you will still need the can)
  • 2 teaspoons of packed brown sugar
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • One teaspoon of onion powder
  • One teaspoon of thyme
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sage
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Honey
  • One whole chicken with the innards removed (you can save them to make your own broth)
What To Do:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a shallow roasting pan with aluminum foil
  3. Drink or discard half of the beer. If you are using another liquid, fill the can halfway (6 ounces) with your preferred liquid.
  4. Punch several holes (about 5) around the outside of the beer can lid to allow ventilation during the cooking process. Set the can aside for the time being.
  5. In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, thyme, garlic powder, sage, cayenne pepper, and cumin well.
  6. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.
  7. Sprinkle the cavity (opening) of the chicken with salt. Rub the entire chicken with honey.
  8. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with your spice mixture
  9. Stand the chicken up with the cavity side down and place it on top of the beer can in the roasting pan.
  10. Cook for 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours or until cooked through.
  11. Remove from oven and wait about 20 minutes before you remove the can. Enjoy!

Cooking a Whole Chicken Recipe #4: Rotisserie Style Chicken

Do you love rotisserie chicken, but don't own a rotisserie? Well, now you can make rotisserie style chicken in your oven!
What You Will Need:
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 whole chicken
What To Do:
  1. In a small bowl, combine the together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Scoop out the giblets from the cavity of the chicken (these can be discarded or frozen to make your own chicken broth). Rinse the cavity out and pat it dry.
  3. Rub the spice mixture on the entire chicken, inside and out.
  4. Place the quartered onion in the cavity of the chicken and double wrap the chicken with plastic wrap to refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  5. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
  6. Place chickens in a shallow roasting pan and bake uncovered for 5 hours.
  7. Wait 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
I hope you find a recipe that appeals to your family and to your budget.

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