The Best Way to Cook a Whole Chicken

The Best Way to Cook a Whole Chicken

You want to know my favorite way to cook a whole chicken?

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I have a lodge dutch oven that I use for almost everything!  It cooks a perfect chicken, pot roast, pork loin, and even soups and vegetables.

If you want a super simple dinner, stick a chicken with a few cut up vegetables in a dutch oven, and cook for only a couple of hours.  When it's done, you have a whole meal in one pot!

So easy!

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Here's how I dutch oven cook my whole chicken:

1 whole Rare Breed Farms pastured chicken
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 small onion chopped
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Place your cut up carrots, celery, and onions on the bottom of the dutch oven.  Put the whole chicken on top of the veggies.  Then add the chicken broth.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper (and herbs).  Place the cover on the dutch oven and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 2 hours.  If it's a bigger bird, it may be 2.5 to 3 hours.

You can check the internal temperature of the breast with a meat thermometer.  Insert the thermometer halfway into the breast, it should register 165 degrees for doneness.  But by this point, the meat should be falling off the bone and very juicy!

Also, I love to add herbs of every kind.  Some of the best are rosemary, thyme, marjoram, savory, and sage.  Any or all of them are great with chicken!  I sprinkle my herbs over the top of my chicken or stuffed in the cavity, and add about 4 pats of real, grass fed butter on top.  More butter if you want.  ;)

I would love to hear your favorite way to cook your whole chicken!  And please be sure to pass this post along to someone you know who might benefit from it!

And in case you're afraid you've missed out, we still have just a few whole chickens available for purchase.  You can order here, or just come on out to the farm store.  We are now open for business!

Tuesday - Thursday 10am until 6pm
Saturday 9am until 4pm

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Happy cooking!
~ Tabitha

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