Re: What can I do with my chicken?
I generally either roast whole chickens in the oven or cook them all day on low in the crock pot. Before cooking, I salt and pepper them and then usually rub in some thyme, lemon pepper or whatever sounds good.
Once you've had your meal, just pick the rest of the meat off and use it for another meal (it freezes well to). I use left over meat to make tacos, casserole, stir fry, etc.
If you want to be really thorough, you can use the leftover carcass (bones, skin, etc.) to make stock. Just put the carcass in a stock pot (or crock pot), add a few tablespoons of vinegar (white or apple cider work well), some veggies (or scraps such as peels from carrots, celery tops, onions, etc.), cover with water and let it sit for an hour. Next, bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for 6-48 hours. Homemade stock is great for soup or any place you would use water in a recipe. I use stock to cook rice, potatoes, pasta or in place of water when I make taco meat. It's full of vitamins and minerals so it adds some nutritional punch as well as flavor.
Mommy to DS (6/07), DD (6/09), and DD (07/12)