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.
- 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 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!