Are you tired of the same old roasted chicken every week? Looking for some fresh and exciting whole chicken recipes that will leave your taste buds tingling? Look no further! We've created four delicious recipes that go beyond the traditional oven roast and offer unique and mouthwatering flavors.
Roasting a whole chicken in the oven is a classic, time-tested method, but sometimes, you crave something different to tickle your palate. And as the temperature rises during the summer months, using the oven can be quite the ordeal. That's why we created whole chicken recipes using alternative cooking methods that are not only delicious but also convenient and perfect for summer.
As always for the best results, be sure to use local pasture raised chicken from Acabonac Farms. Our chicken delivers on flavor in a way that grocery store chicken simply can't.
Whole Chicken Recipes That Don't Use The Oven
Smoked Whole Chicken
Smoked whole chicken brings a delightful smoky flavor to the tender meat, making it a hit at any backyard barbecue or family gathering. To achieve this culinary masterpiece, you'll need a smoker and a bit of patience. The slow and low smoking process infuses the chicken with rich, smoky aromas, creating a mouthwatering dish that's hard to resist. Serve it with a side of grilled vegetables or cornbread for a complete summer feast. Read our recipe here.
Instant Pot Whole Chicken
When time is of the essence, the Instant Pot is your best friend. This versatile kitchen appliance can work wonders with a whole chicken, delivering succulent, fork-tender meat in a fraction of the time it takes to roast in the oven. Simply season the chicken, place it in the Instant Pot, and let the magic happen. In under an hour, you'll have a juicy and flavorful chicken ready to be enjoyed with your favorite sides. Read our recipe here.
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
For those who crave the taste of crispy skin without the added fat, an air fryer is the way to go. The air fryer circulates hot air around the chicken, creating a deliciously crispy exterior while keeping the meat moist and tender inside. It's a healthier alternative to deep-frying, and you'll be amazed at how perfectly it cooks a whole chicken. Serve it with some roasted potatoes or a fresh salad for a satisfying meal. Read our recipe here.
Crock Pot Whole Chicken
If you're a fan of "set it and forget it" cooking, the crock pot (or slow cooker) is your ideal kitchen companion. With minimal effort, you can achieve a melt-in-your-mouth whole chicken that falls right off the bone. Simply season the chicken, place it in the crock pot, and let it cook on low heat for several hours. This method allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a savory and hearty dish that pairs well with rice, quinoa, or your favorite grains. Read our recipe here.
Breaking free from the traditional roasted chicken opens up a world of tasty possibilities. Experiment with different flavors and cooking methods to discover the one that suits your taste buds best. Whether you opt for the smoky goodness of smoked whole chicken, the convenience of the Instant Pot, the crispy skin from the air fryer, or the slow-cooked tenderness of the crock pot, you're sure to create a memorable and mouthwatering meal that will delight your family and guests. So, this summer, switch things up and enjoy a delicious whole chicken without heating up your kitchen!