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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 7:26am | IP Logged Quote kathleenmom

I am the proud owner of several organic whole chickens just procured from local farmer.

What would you do with one of these if it belonged to you? I myself am a Vegetarian, but not so the rest of my family. I am not squeamish...but lots of cutting and chopping through bones gets to me. Something crockpot-ish would be very appealing.

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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 7:36am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

They are dead, right?

I like to make roast chicken. Salt and garlic powder on chicken (inside and out), chopped up celery, onion, carrot, inside cavity (and garlic, if you want real instead of powder). I use a Pampered Chef covered stoneware baking dish and cook for about 1 1/2-2 hours at 350. Serve with rice and pour the au jus gravy over the rice and chicken. Yum.

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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 7:41am | IP Logged Quote chicken lady

Simple, place in crock pot whole, with a bottle of Teriaki sauce, cook on low for about 6 hrs, viola, yummy chicken! Serve with rice or potatoes, whatever you have.

Just throw the rest in the freezer and use whole when you need. If you are not big on chicken, keep them for other families you may be called to take a meal to.

Whole BBQ in the crock pot is good and easy too!
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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 8:07am | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Salt and pepper and olive oil.

I am a fan of Laurie Colwin's method -- 3 hours at 250 degrees in an oven, then I raise it to 450 for 10 more minutes, turning it after 5 minutes.

The most tender, fall-apart chicken, with crispy skin. Yum!

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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 9:36am | IP Logged Quote dollylima

How young are they? We raise chickens and what I end up doing with them has a lot to do with how young they are at the time we cull them.
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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 9:38am | IP Logged Quote KackyK

I love to throw a whole chicken in the crockpot with some honey and melted butter...the kids love it!

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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 10:29am | IP Logged Quote lilac hill

Older chickens are more tender after stewing or slowcooking in the crock pot. I like to make it a 2 step process-cook and strain broth, remove the fat after chiling the broth and reheat maybe over biscuits or noodles.
I roast younger birds and have done it both in the crockpot when not home before dinner and in the oven. The crockpot will not give you a nice crisp skin, but slice before you serve at the table and noone will ever know.

Since they are freshly butchered, do extra rinsing of the cavity. As a former vegetarian (I eat the meat I rasie now) just rinse and swish your hand in the cavity--DO NOT LOOK!--this is from experience. Unlike store bought birds there is often stuff hanging in the bone crevases of the ribcage. I also rerinse the body cavity with a citrus juice, orange or lemon and dump out. OR you get someone else to do this.

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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 5:13pm | IP Logged Quote anniemm

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

8 Cups water
4 medium carrots, cut to 1/4 inch slices
1 medium stalk celery, cut to 1/4 inch slices
1 small onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
salt and pepper
1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 lbs.)
3 cups egg noodles, uncooked

1. In slow cooker bowl, combine carrots, celery, onion bay leaves, thyme, 4 t. salt, 1/2 t. pepper. Place whole chicken on top. Cover and cook low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours.
2. Transfer chicken to cutting board. Discard bay leaves. Start noodles to boil on the stove.
3. While noodles cook, remove and discard skin, fat, and bones from chicken, shred meat.
4. Skim fat from soup and discard. Return chicken to soup, add noodles, and serve.
Serves 6. (From October 2006 Good Housekeeping magazine)

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Posted: Oct 22 2007 at 5:14pm | IP Logged Quote JodieLyn

I'd roast it like I do a thanksgiving turkey.. then strip the meat and cover everything left with lots of water and onion and celery and salt and cook it good and long and then strain it and have good healthy homemade chicken broth for the freezer too.

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