How to Cook Chicken in a Dutch Oven

By Cynthia Myers

Slow cooking chicken in the slow, even heat of a Dutch oven yields tender, flavorful meat. Dutch ovens are made of heavy steel, iron or crockery and have tightly fitting lids to seal in moisture. Cook a whole chicken and make it a one-pot meal by adding vegetables.

How to Cook Chicken in a Dutch Oven
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How to Cook Chicken in a Dutch Oven

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Remove any giblets or organ meat packed inside the chicken.

Step 3

Place the chicken on a meat rack in the Dutch oven. If you don't have a meat rack, arrange three metal canning jar lids in the bottom of the Dutch oven and set the chicken on these to prevent sticking.

Step 4

Season the chicken with herbs and spices like salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, rosemary, thyme, sage, lemon pepper or red pepper.

Step 5

Arrange the vegetables around the chicken. Pour in the water or chicken broth.

Step 6

Put the lid on the Dutch oven and place in the oven. Cook the chicken for 1 hour.

Step 7

Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and carefully remove the lid. Insert a meat thermometer into a chicken thigh without touching the bone. The chicken is done when the temperature registers at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.