Are you like me and hate trying to figure out what’s for dinner?? Even with all of the thousands of recipes on pinterest, I still find myself gravitating to the same dinners over and over. Tacos…tacos and tacos?? Anyone? I know I love mexican, but there is so much more out there!
My other problem is that I really don’t like grocery shopping. I don’t mind it, when I’m alone…but now that I have little boo around, grocery shopping alone is like trying to save up for a vacation to europe…I don’t know when that might happen!
I love to be able to go into the grocery store without much planning and buy a few proteins that I know I can whip up on any night of the week and make a great dinner for my family.
Here are my go to weeknight family dinner recipes:
- Tacos 🙂
- Chicken Drumsticks/thighs (I keep these in the freezer)
- Breakfast for dinner (waffles, scrambled eggs & sausage or bacon)
- Fish Baked in Parchment Paper
- Baked Meatballs
- Whole Body Chicken (now I make this in the Instant Pot!!! hooray!!)
I can walk into a grocery store, walk out with hamburger, some frozen chicken legs, a whole body chicken and some frozen fish and I am all set up for easy dinners every week. Now, I don’t cook every night of the week, I’m not superwoman for goodness sake! Some nights we have leftovers, my kiddos love them! Even in their lunches. I don’t necessarily make these meals every week, but I usually keep hamburger, chicken and a whole body chicken around, just in case I don’t have anything else to make that night.
I know what you are thinking! Why don’t you just grab one of those rotisserie chickens at the grocery store??? I love those, they are easy and oh so delish…but…unfortunately, I’m not exactly sure about all the ingredients that taste good, but may not be that good for you! With cooking a whole body chicken at home, I know all of the ingredients and it is just as tender! As you will see in the images, the meat falls right off the bone!
The thing I love about making Whole Body Chickens is that it lasts a few days and my husband loves a hot chicken sandwich. My kids will put it out of the fridge and make an after school snack with it too. But the best part about it? I keep the bones, toss them in the freezer and eventually make some pretty amazing and healthy bone broth out of it.
I used to do that in my crock pot, and it took about 12 hrs to make a decent Bone Broth. Now I make it in my Instant Pot and it takes about 2 hrs! It’s simply amazing. But my favorite thing about it is I can make it when my kiddos are at school. They don’t mind bone broth in rice, sauces or pasta dishes, but they HATE the smell of it being made…”OH, Mom’s making bone broth AGAIN! ” So with the Instant Pot, its much quicker and the whole house doesn’t end up smelling like chicken soup!
Anyway! On to the Whole Body Chicken Instant Pot Recipe! This recipe is super simple and you could spice it up with lots of different flavors and herbs, lemons or limes…but I am just giving you the basic recipe that you could build on. It takes a few minutes to prepare, then you can finish your side dishes or laundry or whatever while it is cooking (another reason why I just adore the Instant Pot If you haven’t read my review, read my Instant Pot Review here!)
Whole Body Chicken Recipe
What you need:
Whole Body Chicken
6 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
seasoning salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp basil
What to do:
Remove chicken from package, remove gizzard, neck and heart from the inside and pat dry with a towel.
Remove skin from onion & cut into quarters.
Remove skin from garlic cloves.
Place onion & garlic inside the cavity of the chicken.
Tie legs together with baker’s twine.
Rub chicken with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with seasoning salt, pepper and basil.
Place steaming rack inside Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker
Pour in 2 cups of Bone Broth.
Place chicken on steam rack, attach lid and set the floating vent to SEAL.
Cook on Manual for 30 minutes.
Allow steam to vent naturally.
Remove lid & allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Whole Body Chicken
- 1 onion
- 6 cloves of garlic
- baker's twine
- 1 tbpsolive oil
- seasoning salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp basil
- 2 cups chicken broth or bone broth
- Remove chicken from package, remove gizzard, neck and heart from the inside and pat dry with a towel.
- Remove skin from onion & cut into quarters.
- Remove skin from garlic cloves.
- Place onion & garlic inside the cavity of the chicken.
- Tie legs together with baker's twine.
- Rub chicken with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with seasoning salt, pepper and basil.
- Place steaming rack inside Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker
- Pour in 2 cups of Bone Broth.
- Place chicken on steam rack, attach lid and set the floating vent to SEAL.
- Cook on Manual for 30 minutes.
- Allow steam to vent naturally.
- Remove lid & allow to cool for 5 minutes.
So this whole body chicken might not be quite as pretty as the ones you can pick up at the grocery store, but it is healthy and you get to decide what goes in it! I love that!
What are your go-to dinners? I would love to try out some of your recipes! Leave a comment or link in the comments!