Kroger recently had their Whole Chicken's on sale, for .88 cent per pound, so we took advantage and stocked our deep freeze.
One of the most versatile chicken recipes I have found is :: Crock pot Roasted Chicken :: and I use it for several meals throughout the week.
Here is the recipe ::
1 whole chicken
1/2 cup of water
paprika (to cover chicken)
I make several foil balls, and put them on the bottom of my crockpot. Clean chicken (Clean the inside cavity out) and sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika on the chicken. Place chicken on the foil balls, and add 1/2 cup of water to the crockpot. Cook on low 6 - 8 hours (I suggest using a meat thermometer to make sure chicken is done.)
Chicken will literally fall off the bone, so be careful when taking out.
Once the chicken has cooled, I de-bone to use in several recipes which include....
Chicken & Dumplings
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Chicken Crescent Squares
Chicken Pot Pie
I can usually get 2 meals out of 1 whole chicken.
** I also use the chicken broth and freeze into ice cube trays. That way, when I need chicken broth, I can defrost however many ice cube's I need! :)