A simple and easy cast iron whole roasted chicken that’s full of flavor, perfectly moist and tender, and just waiting to be served at the dinner table! This recipe is gluten-free, allergy-free, and paleo using a no-fail method for success!
Hold up! It’s official! I can honestly say now that I am a “real” chef. Why? We have finally conquered the whole roasted chicken! Knowing how to roast a perfect whole chicken is one of those “Things to Know How To Cook” by the time you’re out of college (i.e. a “real” adult). I was pretty embarrassed that I neglected this skill for so long. Who am I? I love chicken!
Of course, we all know, if you enlist the trusty cast iron to help you out, anything is possible. I grew up with my mom making the classic roast chicken dinners for my brother and I and I missed those days! I always shied away from roasting a whole chicken because I remember my mom always making a big fuss over it, from drying it out to it not being cooked all the way. But it turned out to be easy, much easier than I thought!
Let it be known that this was my FIRST time, all by myself. I literally winged it. But let me tell you, I was grossed out. I didn’t realize there was a tad of “dismantling” that needed to be done before the roasting could begin. Then carving it when it was done? Well, I guess I came out alive, eh? I will do it again so that means it wasn’t too bad. To make it easier on everyone, I kept the flavors super simple. With just some thyme, basil, garlic, onion, pepper, and ginger on the outside and stuffed some chopped apple and shallots inside and placed around the pan.
I wowed myself with this one. I was so nervous taking it out of the oven and then finally tasting it after the carving. It tasted like magic! But again, I think some of the magic came from the cast iron, no doubt! It never lets me down, ever!
Easy Cast Iron Whole Roasted Chicken (Gluten-Free, Paleo)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Rinse and pat dry the chicken, inside and out.
- Place the chicken in a large seasoned cast iron skillet and stuff the chopped apples and shallot in the cavity of the chicken, placing any extra pieces around the chicken in the cast iron.
- Rub the outside of the chicken with the spices, herbs, and olive oil.
- Roast in the oven for about 1 hour and 40 minutes (about 20 minutes per pound) or until the chicken reaches a safe 180°F.
- Remove from the oven, cover with foil, and let the chicken rest for about 15-20 minutes before carving.
If I could do this safely, all by myself, and no one died in the process, you can too! It takes a bit of love and care, but you won’t be disappointed and you’ll have one fantastic and delicious dinner to serve your family! Don’t be scared!
So tell me:
+ When did you roast your first big bad whole chicken?
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