18 of Our Favorite Whole Chicken Recipes

Instant Pot chicken with gravy.
Diana Rattray

A whole chicken is economical and nutritious, and it can be used in so many ways. Whether you are roasting a chicken for a Sunday dinner or using the meat for soup, casserole, or salad, you are sure to find the perfect recipe in this list.

A small chicken-4 pounds or less—will feed about 3 to 4 people. A larger chicken—4 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds or more, will feed 4 to 7 people. If you want leftovers, choose a large chicken or consider cooking two chickens.