Dutch Oven Whole Roast Chicken


Simple preparation in a Dutch oven for a moist and delicious whole chicken.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ cup kosher salt

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted


  1. Combine salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and chipotle pepper in a bowl. Rinse and pat chicken dry. Rub with seasoning blend, placing any excess in the cavity.

  2. Allow to rest at room temperature for up to 90 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Place chicken in the bottom of a Dutch oven. Pour butter over the chicken. Cover.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 2 to 3 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove from the oven and allow to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

  6. Carve chicken and spoon over pan drippings before serving.

Cook's Notes:

The seasoning blend can be substituted or altered to taste.

Step 3 is optional.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
13g Fat
9g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 2980mg 130%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 384mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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