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This Dutch Oven Chicken is a flexible and quick meal option that is crispy on the exterior and juicy on the inside! The entire roasted chicken is seasoned with garlic and fresh herbs, which goes well with potatoes, rice, or biscuits. Your Sunday dinner will be a hit with this very easy and savory comfort meal!

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Scout's Dutch Oven Cookbook
  • Conners, Christine (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 03/20/2012 (Publication Date) - Falcon Guides (Publisher)

Chicken Roasted In A Dutch Oven

Even in a Dutch oven, it’s possible to roast a whole chicken. The Dutch oven handles the rest of the job for you by preparing the chicken in roughly 20 minutes. A tasty and hearty home-cooked meal may be created in a jiffy!

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What Makes a Dutch Oven Different?

You may use a dutch oven for anything from chili to pot roast, as well as fried chicken and dumplings, in your kitchen. The hefty pot may even be used to bake a loaf of bread!

For roasting a chicken, a Dutch oven is ideal because of its distinctive form and the amount of versatility it offers. This is because cast iron is used to make dutch ovens, which hold and distribute heat evenly. In addition, the tight-fitting cover makes two-step cooking possible. When you use a tight-fitting cover, you get the moistest roast chicken you’ve ever had.

This is followed by a dry roast that crisps the skin and provides that golden brown exterior at the conclusion of cooking time. With a Dutch Oven Chicken, you get the best of both worlds: moist, succulent flesh and crispy skin. No more burnt or dried-out white meat!

Tips For The Perfect Chicken Roasting

• Before roasting, let the chicken to come to room temperature for approximately 30 minutes to achieve an equal cooking process.

• The amount of time it takes to cook a chicken depends on the entire weight of the bird. When in doubt about whether or not your meat is cooked through, always use a meat thermometer to check the temperature within the flesh.

• The bird should be trussed. Tying the chicken legs together and tucking the wings beneath helps the chicken cook more evenly, and it just takes a few seconds.

• Use a lot of seasoning. Salt and pepper to your heart’s content. This is a large piece of meat, so you’ll want to use a lot of spice on both the interior and exterior of the bird to get the most out of it.

• Allow the chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting for the tastiest flesh.

• Avoid omitting butter from the recipe. By brushing it on the outside, the butter ensures a crispy, golden brown surface and delicious taste.

• Fresh herbs may be used as a garnish shortly before serving.

A Whole Chicken Needs What Size Dutch Oven?

A dutch oven size recommendation with a capacity of at least 5-6 quart dutch ovens is required. If you want to cook more potatoes or veggies, you may use a dutch ovens 7 qt, which works well.

Cooking time for a chicken in a Dutch oven

Roasting a complete 5 litre dutch ovens. chicken in a Dutch oven at two different temperatures is done using this approach.

The first step is to cook the chicken at 380 degrees F for 50 minutes with the cover on the pot.

To finish the chicken, remove the cover, raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F, and roast the chicken for another 15-20 minutes before serving.

When it comes to the entire cooking time, it all depends on the size and temperature of the chicken you’re using. Using a smaller 3-4 pound chicken, reduce the first stage cooking time to 45 minutes at 375 degrees F. Continue roasting at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the chicken is cooked through.

Chicken In A Dutch Oven How To Cook

It will take some time for the chicken to warm up and roast in the oven, so plan on around 20 minutes of hands-on prep time for this dish. Easy, tasty, and the scent of your kitchen will be intoxicating while it cooks!

Crispy French Oven Chicken Ingredients

  • In-tact poultry
  • S&P Kosher salt and pepper
  •  Onion
  •  Celery
  •  Thyme fresh
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  •  Fresh rosemary
  •  Olive oil

First, prepare the chicken.

Stuff the chicken’s cavity with onion and celery, as well as thyme, rosemary, and garlic before roasting. Chicken should be placed in the Dutch oven with its breast side up and the legs tied together. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle or brush with melted butter.

Second, roast covered

At 380 degrees Fahrenheit, roast the chicken for 50 minutes with the lid on.

Variations

  • In a Dutch oven, brown the chicken in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is no longer pink in the center.
  • Add veggies to the bottom of the Dutch oven, such as butternut squash or root vegetables like onions, carrots, or turnips, to make a one-pot feast.
  • To add a zesty citrus taste to your chicken, stuff the cavity with lemon wedges.
  • In addition to the rosemary and thyme, add fresh basil or parsley to the dish.

Third, roast without covering

Continue roasting the chicken until the skin is crispy and the flesh is cooked through, about 20 minutes longer at 450 degrees F.

At least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, a meat thermometer put into the inner thigh of a whole chicken is considered done (74 degrees C). It is important to note that the meat’s temperature will continue to rise somewhat after it is taken out of the oven, so even if the thermometer reads a few degrees below 165, I normally bring it out of the oven.

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Forth, Rest

Remove the chicken to a chopping board or other serving plate and cut it into serving pieces. Before cutting and serving, let it rest for at least 15-20 minutes.

Roasted Dutch Chicken: What To Serve With It?

Sunday dinner can’t be complete without a crispy roasted chicken. Choose from any of your family’s favorites to accompany the succulent meat:

  • Pumpkin Muffins or Bread
  • Broccoli roasted in a pan
  • Applesauce cooked from scratch.
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Bacon with Brussels Sprouts.
  • Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette is the dressing of choice for this salad
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Cabbage Roasted
  • Baked Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes are two of the most popular options.
  • Buttermilk Biscuits from the South
  • Sweet Potato Mashed
  • Cornbread or Corn Muffins in a skillet

Storage

Refrigerated chicken may be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days or frozen for up to three months. However, keep in mind that the skin will not be as crispy when thawed out.

Re-Cooling

Ensure that the chicken is at room temperature for at least half an hour before cooking. The oven should be preheated at 350 degrees F. Chicken should be placed on a foil-lined baking sheet or roasting pan, then baked until the skin is crispy and the chicken is cooked through. The chicken will dry out if you leave it in the oven for too long.

The Bottom Line

You may use the shredded meat to make casseroles, soups, filled potatoes, enchiladas, Southern Chicken Salad, or Caesar Salad using the cooked chicken that you have left over after cooking it. A plethora of delectable choices!