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How to Cook a Whole Chicken Broiler

March 16, 2021 • 0 comments

How to Cook a Whole Chicken Broiler
Cooking with a whole chicken might seem intimidating, but it's actually easy! Using one of the methods below, you will get tender, cooked chicken to eat as-is next to your favorite veggies and sides, or to shred and use in a variety of recipes like chicken soup, chicken pot pie, or enchiladas. The options are endless. Once you're done cooking the chicken, don't forget to save the carcass and make chicken bone broth to get the most out of your chicken!



Stovetop: Cover your chicken with water in a pan on the stove top.

Bring water to a boil, turn down to medium and let cook for 2-3 hours (a good way to tell when your chicken is fully cooked is that the meat starts falling apart when tested with a fork). Pull the cooked chicken off of the bones. 

Crockpot: Cover your chicken with water. Let it cook for 6-8 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low. Drain. Use the liquid for chicken broth and pull the meat off of the bones for use as shredded chicken in your recipe of choice.


Oven: Pre-heat oven to 350. Place your defrosted chicken (breast side down) in a glass pan, covered. Season if desired. Bake until a chicken leg can twist easily. This generally takes about 3 hours. Use as a whole baked broiler or pull the meat off of the bones for shredded chicken.

After you are done cooking your chicken, you can make a delicious, healthy bone broth.

Making Broth From Whole Chicken (after it's baked):

Take the bones (and skin if desired) and put them in a crockpot on low for 6-12 hours, covered in water. Be sure to add any cooking juices from the bottom of the pan in which the chicken cooked! Vegetables and spices are optional but not necessary to make a nourishing and delicious broth.

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