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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 whole chicken inside a cast iron pot is 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)

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.

You may never cook it another way ever again after this…….

If you’re new to using this enclosed cast iron pot, let me share a little information:

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Dutch oven chicken

  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 – this is our favorite
  5. Herbs
  6. Salt and pepper 
  7. Olive oil
  8. 4-5 potatoes to use as a stand, and eat when it’s done
dutch oven whole 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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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
instant pot frozen whole chicken

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

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.

Time needed: 3 hours.

Dutch Oven Whole Chicken

  1. Prepare

    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. 

  2. Add vegetables

    Rinse vegetables: Take top layer of onion off and cut in fourths. 
    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.

  3. Add the chicken

    Put chicken in middle of pot with breast side facing up. Put remaining veggies on the outside of your chicken inside the pot itself.

    Rub olive oil on chicken skin, and season skin with seasonings of your choice (I use Lawry’s, oregano, garlic powder, etc).

  4. Bake

    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. 

  5. Brown chicken skin

    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.

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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

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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Sue Vandegenachte

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

What temperature is the oven ?

The Typical Mom

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Full instructions at the very bottom of this post

Julie

Thursday 28th of January 2021

This was super easy and delicious. It was my first attempt cooking a whole chicken. Have to say I’ll be making this over and over. Yum!

Julie

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

What can I put under the chicken besides potatoes?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

you could use a trivet if you didn't want food under there

Sarah Dreier

Friday 20th of November 2020

Do you preheat your Dutch oven or just the oven. I’m new to using mine and for my bread I make I preheat the Dutch oven before adding the bread dough to cook it. Just want to make sure if I need to do that with this recipe 😊 Planning to make this for thanksgiving since we will be home this year!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 21st of November 2020

I don't typically preheat it.

Kay Self

Monday 1st of June 2020

I like how this uses the black raw Lodge Dutch oven. Other recipes I've seen, often have the cast iron coloured enamel ones. I have both on hand, but really wanted to use my simple black cast iron to roast a whole chicken. Was looking into the Romertopf clay pots (I gave mine away years ago).....but Will definitely try this as soon as my oven is working again. Thanks for stew recipw as well!

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