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Best Dutch Oven Whole Chicken

This is how to make a dutch oven whole chicken! It’s super easy and flavorful using this method. Tender oven baked or fried whole chicken inside a cast iron pot are the only way to go for me now! You’ll never go back after you’ve tried this and other dutch oven recipes.

dutch oven whole chicken

I am new to using a dutch oven but LOVE it already! The first thing I tried was this dutch oven whole chicken. It turned out tender and moist with literally no effort from me (other than prepping it). Just one of the easy dutch oven recipes my family loves. (originally published 11/17, affiliate links present)

Chicken Roast Dutch Oven

Using fresh vegetables I had at home I stuffed the cavity full to absorb the juices while it was cooking, and those came out really flavorful as well. In fact everyone fought over them and I realized that next time I needed to try and add more in there so we all got a few. You may never cook it another way ever again after this…….

Ok so why do I love cooking this bird whole? Well first off it is the cheapest way to buy it. No prep on the butchers part and stays really moist with the dark meat and white together. If you have never baked a whole chicken in the oven you’re in for a treat.

FIRST – You should sign up for my free newsletter so you get new posts emailed to you twice a week and never miss out on anything! If you’re new to using this enclosed cast iron pot, let me share a little information:

  • This is the dutch oven I have and love.
  • I recommend having a good set of oven mitts to lift it in and out of your oven.
  • You need a good trivet if you’re going to put this directly on the table to serve.
  • For more ideas, grab this dutch oven cookbook here.
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Dutch oven chicken

I love cooking all the things in this thing. The material of cast iron is a great heat conductor so the steam stays in and keeps everything inside as moist as possible.

  1. Cast iron dutch oven <—-I have this 7 quart model
  2. Whole chicken
  3. Vegetables (I used celery, onion, and carrots)
  4. Seasoned salt
  5. Herbs
  6. Salt and pepper 
  7. Olive oil
  8. 4-5 potatoes to use as a stand, and eat when it’s done

The drippings underneath will answer the question of what is chicken broth truly when made homemade. Don’t throw that out! Create a bit of a cornstarch slurry to thicken it into a wonderful chicken gravy.

dutch oven whole chicken

Dutch Oven Whole Roast Chicken

I don’t really measure when it comes to adding herbs on a chicken, but approximated 1 tbsp of each in the recipe below. If you use garlic powder with everything for flavor then by all means include that.

In the past Lawry’s seasoned salt was my go to. If I am lazy I will still use that but now I tend to mix my own up. I am sure you have your favorites so go with it….

This is what my dutch oven roasted chicken looked like once I prepped it with all the herbs and spices.

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Dutch Oven Chicken and Potatoes

I generally just sprinkle each one on until the whole thing is covered to enhance the flavor of the chicken skin. This will permeate the chicken itself a bit while it is cooking too. It’s great with vegetables as well.

How do I keep a whole chicken from drying out in the oven?

Keep it covered. That is what is great about this cast iron pot. It creates great steam inside until it is tender as ever. Then just at the end you will remove the lid to brown the top. That isn’t necessary either but I recommend that extra step.

What vegetables can I add into the pot?

  1. Halved russet potatoes – like we did and used them as trivets underneath
  2. Stuffed with carrots, celery and onions are great to add flavor naturally
  3. White wine is fabulous but I guess you could use broth instead
  4. I wouldn’t add rice, just cook that separately
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Chicken in a Dutch Oven Recipe

Once prepped place the chicken breast side up into your pot. Instead of using a trivet I like to use medium sized potatoes as a stand to keep the chicken off the bottom so it doesn’t get soggy skin. This makes the potatoes flavorful as they are in the drippings. They might be your favorite part actually! This will be the best cooked chicken dinner you’ll ever have. 

Chicken in a dutch oven is not only a cheap meal but healthy too. It’s gluten free, keto friendly, and packed with protein. 

What is the best thing to cook in a dutch oven?

Beyond this one you see here we have a few other favorites to suggest to you such as;

If you have a Ninja Foodi or air fryer try our crispy air fryer whole chicken or roast chicken recipe too!

You can even bake bread in a Dutch Oven! A great side dish for any dinner really. My girls like to help with this one.

Baking Bread in a Dutch Oven

Dutch oven whole chicken and vegetables

Note – Cook time will depend on how large your bird is. Always use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature inside middle of breast before eating. It should be at least 165 degrees to be safe.

  1. Rinse your chicken. Take items, if any, out of cavity and discard.
  2. Poke your potatoes and put them in the bottom of your dutch oven in the middle so your chicken can sit upon them and not fall over. 
  3. Rinse vegetables: Take top layer of onion off and cut in fourths. 
  4. Put 1/2 of onion inside chicken cavity as well as a few pcs of carrots and celery cut into large chunks so they don’t overcook.
  5. Put chicken in middle of pot with breast side facing up. Put remaining veggies on the outside of your chicken inside the pot itself.
  6. Rub olive oil on chicken skin, and season skin with seasonings of your choice (I use Lawry’s, oregano, garlic powder, etc).
  7. Put your lid on and put in a preheated oven at 300 degrees for approximately 3 hours. Check after 2.5 hrs to see if chicken is at a safe 170 degrees using a meat thermometer and putting it inside the breast area. 

You don’t want to overcook it, and 3 hrs is perfect for our oven but each one differs slightly so just check. Then remove your lid and cook with lid off for 15 – 20 minutes to brown the skin. 

As always you will want to let the meat rest when you take it out. From 15 minutes to 30 minutes is good. Then when you slice it the meat will remain super tender. Slicing early will dry it out.

Dutch oven cooking at it’s finest I tell you. If you’ve only tried whole chicken in a slow cooker before this is a nice change!

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Dutch Oven Whole Chicken

This dutch oven whole chicken recipe is amazing! Perfectly baked in the oven or cooked over a campfire, it comes out moist and juicy every time.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, chicken, dutch oven, whole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 447kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse your chicken. Take items, if any, out of cavity and discard.
  • Poke your potatoes and put them in the bottom of your dutch oven in the middle so your chicken can sit upon them and not fall over. 
  • Rinse vegetables, take top layer of onion off and cut in fourths. 
  • Put 2 pcs of onion inside chicken cavity as well as carrots and celery in large chunks so they don't overcook.
  • Put remaining veggies on the outside of your chicken inside the dutch oven. Rub olive oil on top of meat, set inside on top of potatoes with the breast side facing up. Season outside of chicken skin with seasonings of your choice (I use Lawry's, oregano, garlic powder, etc).
  • Put your lid on and put in a preheated oven at 300 degrees for approximately 3 hours
  • Check after 2.5 hrs to see if chicken is at a safe 170 degrees using a meat thermometer and putting it inside the breast area. 
  • You don’t want to overcook it, and 3 hrs is perfect for our oven but each one differs slightly so just check. 
  • Then remove your lid and cook with lid off for 15 minutes to brown the skin. 

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Nutrition Facts
Dutch Oven Whole Chicken
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 1143mg33%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 4360IU87%
Vitamin C 25.4mg31%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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shannon Donahoo

Monday 2nd of October 2023

Have you every done a frozen chicken in the Dutch oven? I was thinking of trying it and maybe increasing temp to 325 or 350. What are your thoughts?

The Typical Mom

Monday 2nd of October 2023

Yes I have a post here when frozen whole https://temeculablogs.com/frozen-chicken-in-oven/, typically need to use sheet pan as it won't fit in pot

You

Thursday 14th of September 2023

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The Typical Mom

Thursday 14th of September 2023

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Paula

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

This has become one of my favorite go to recipes. It’s so easy! I add a little bit of chicken broth to mine.. Very moist and delicious! Thank you for sharing!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Oh good!

Janice Alger

Friday 18th of March 2022

When I let the chicken rest, does it rest in the dutch oven (lid on or off) or do I take the chicken out of the dutch oven? If I take it out of dutch oven, how do I keep the chicken warm?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 20th of March 2022

I usually just keep it in the pot with the lid off out of the oven to rest for a bit

Linda West

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

OMG, it was so easy to make and it was super moist and delicious. I had a 6lb whole chicken but it cooked just as the recipe had said. Definitely going to be making this again and plan on trying some of your other recipes. Thanks so much

Jasper

Friday 28th of January 2022

@The Typical Mom, I'm still w aiting on liquid amount. Apparently you answer only positive comments not serious questions!

Jasper

Friday 28th of January 2022

@The Typical Mom,

The Typical Mom

Thursday 27th of January 2022

So glad

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