Are you ready to learn my now-not-so secret recipe on how to bake a whole chicken and keep all the juices and flavorings contained?
Start by purchasing a whole chicken from your local farmer or Amish store. Supporting local farmers allows us the opportunity to buy chickens raised in humane conditions and helps our farmers.
The farm we buy chickens from they can be seen running around the farm, how cool is that!
Now we are ready to get ‘er ready for a cooking
- Rinse the chicken with water and pat dry.
- For a crispy coating rub chicken with some butter, yum!
- Next, coat generously with homemade dry rub.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake for approximately 1 and 1/2 hours or until internal temperature of whole chicken reaches 165 degrees.
The most common question asked is, how long do you need to cook a whole chicken? The best gauge to when a chicken is done cooking would be time and internal temperature depending on size, as instructions above suggest.
Any pre-made or homemade rub is great seasoning when cooking on the grill or even baking in the oven.
Preparing Baked Chicken after Cooking
Slice meat and enjoy chicken along with some salad, green beans, and baked potato/sweet potato bake.
The beauty of cooking a whole chicken is you will have leftovers. Slice some for sandwiches for during the week. Make a quick chicken salad or chicken pot pie.
One meal turns into many for busy lifestyles. Leftovers can create new and delicious meals for during the week.
Here is a heads up, don’t pitch the bones you can make chicken bone broth with them. Also, the bottom of the pan that the chicken was baked in can be de-glazed. Meaning, add some water and a little heat on the stove to loosen all the spices and chicken bits. Then add this to help flavor your broth. Yes, you can do this it is healthy and nutritious.