Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cast Iron Cooking: Roasted Chicken!

I am finally getting around to posting this recipe after my little hiatus. 

I love cooking in my cast iron stuff. With the exception of one sauce pan, I really don't use anything else to cook in. I could sing it's praises all day, but that might be weird, and y'all will probably grow tired of that pretty quickly. 

Anyway, I bought a whole frozen chicken from Aldi because I'm trying to be thrifty and I'd never cooked one before, so I thought I'd try roasting it in my dutch oven. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 5-6 lb chicken
  • 2 yellow onions, 1 chopped, one whole
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 5-6 red potatoes, chopped
  • baby carrots (or big ones. I just had baby carrots in the fridge)
  • minced garlic (or whole to stuff inside the chicken) 
  • 1 citrus fruit (I had a clementine)
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning


I was trying to use only things I had in the house, so I chopped up a red onion and a yellow onion and dumped them both into the dutch oven. I also added a couple of tablespoons of garlic as well. 


Then I pulled out the neckbone and all that weird stuff that they stuff inside of chickens and re-stuffed it with a clementine, onion and some more garlic.  (This reminds me of how my friend used to work at a deli and when someone asked her what she did for a job, she told them, "I touch chickens inappropriately for money." It cracked me up every time.)


I put the chicken on top of the onions and chopped up a few red potatoes and added some carrots around the chicken. I also smothered it in Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder.


I put it in the oven at 425 degrees for 2 hours with the lid to the dutch oven on it. Truth be told, I was a bit worried about it, so I checked it with a meat thermometer and it was good. This chicken was really juicy and was sitting in a lot of juice as well. The potatoes were probably my favorite part though!



I was happy with the result, and it ended up being a pretty cheap meal!

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