How to cook a whole chicken

If you buy whole chicken from our farm you might be asking: How do I cook and cut-up a whole chicken? I know that the first time I was presented with a whole chicken, I was afraid. I hate to admit this, but the first year Tim and I were married, I continued to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts because I had no clue what to do with the whole chickens in the farm freezer. My parents would be ashamed because I grew up eating whole chicken. I guess I never paid any attention on how it was cut.

Below I am going to share with you a very helpful ( and quick) video demonstrating how to cut up a whole chicken. I will also share with you some of my favorite whole chicken recipes. You can check out all our pasture raised chicken recipes here.

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

I love this video by Gourmet Magazine. The chef does an excellent job explaining where all the cut lines on a chicken are. He also calmly cuts up the entire chicken in less than 4 minutes.

Remember, depending on your recipe, you can cut up your whole chicken before or after you cook it.

How to cook a whole chicken recipes

Here are three of my favorite whole chicken recipes

Roasted Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Roasted Chicken with Fresh Herb Whipped Butter

Roasted Chicken with Rhubarb Sauce

How to cook and cut up a whole chicken with recipes via


Still not convinced that cutting up a whole chicken is easy? Get out your crock pot and let the juicy meat just fall off the bone for you. Here is my Whole Chicken in a Crock-pot recipe.

And your still not convinced? Order your chickens to be cut-up. If you order early, we can have your chickens custom cut for an additional fee. Call us at 952-461-3428 for details.

Right now we have our plump Cornish Cross chickens waiting for you to take home. These birds have a lot of healthy, white meat and are great for using in any recipe. In a few weeks we will have some Freedom Rangers available. The Ranger chickens have more juicy, dark meat.

Are you afraid to cut up a whole chicken? Did you over come a fear of cooking with whole chicken? Tell us your story in the comments below. We would love to hear them.


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