How To Cook a Whole Chicken Dinner in the Dutch Oven with Just 5 Ingredients
What You Need
1 (3- to 4-pound) whole chicken, such as a broiler or fryer
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 cups dry bread cubes (approximately 1-inch cubes)
2 cups (1/2-inch) butternut squash cubes (from about 1 small squash)
1/2 large red onion, chopped
4 sprigs fresh thyme
Kitchen twine (optional)
1 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven, remove the racks above it, and heat to 375°F.
Season the chicken with the salt. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season inside and out with the salt. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine if desired. Set aside while the oven preheats and while you prepare the dressing ingredients.
Layer the bread, squash, and onions in the Dutch oven. Layer the bread cubes, squash, and thyme in a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven. Make a sort of well in the center for the chicken to sit in.
Add the chicken and roast covered for 1 hour. Place the chicken in the well. Cover and roast for 1 hour.
Roast uncovered for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is golden and tender. Uncover and continue to roast the chicken for another 30 minutes. The skin will become crisp and golden and the meat will be quite tender, like a rotisserie chicken. The juices should run clear and an oven thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh should be at least 165°F.
Rest the chicken for 15 minutes in the pot. Remove the pot from the oven and let the chicken rest uncovered for 15 minutes.
Carve and serve. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and carve. Serve with the dressing (bread and squash).