Chicken Cooking Tips

We only sell whole chickens because this gives you the best value and flavor. You can use the carcass for stock or soup, yielding at least one more meal from a bird.

To roast a chicken whole: preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. If desired, rub the chicken with a light coat of oil or butter and then rub on your favorite mix of spices, or simply salt and pepper. Cook breast side up in the oven, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes per pound. To test for doneness, pull a leg. If it freely breaks at the joint and the juices run clear, it is done. Another test is for internal temperature: insert thermometer probe into the thigh but not right up against the bone, and look for 175 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

To cut up a whole chicken into pieces: view the video clip from YouTube or visit