Whole Roasted Chicken Dinner

Experience the timeless comfort of this whole roasted chicken dinner. Plump and juicy whole chicken is roasted to golden perfection in a seasoned cast-iron skillet with a medley of crispy potatoes and sweet carrots. This homestyle classic brings rustic charm and plenty of hearty flavor to your dinner table.

whole roasted chicken

This is one of those meals that is a show-stopper on the table but is SO easy to prepare.
For the longest time cooking whole birds intimidated me. I just imagined Thanksgiving turkey scenarios with hours of cooking and a giant roasting pan to clean. But I am here to tell you, chicken in the cast iron is a totally different ball game!

With minimal ingredients and an hour of your time, you can have juicy, flavorful chicken and sides ready to go! This chicken dinner is the perfect Sunday meal. Pop it in the oven, enjoy some family time while it does its thing, and score leftovers to use as a base for your meals throughout the week!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Crispy, golden, mouthwatering skin – need I say more?
  • All you can eat moist juicy chicken
  • Flavorful potatoes and carrots make built-in sides with little to no extra work
  • Everything is made in a cast iron skillet for incredibly easy clean-up
  • Prep in less than 15 minutes
  • Bonus: leftover chicken for your weekly meal plan and a carcass for making homemade chicken bone broth
roasted chicken and potatoes

Using Cast Iron Skillet as a Roasting Pan

Cast iron works so beautifully for making this roasted chicken dinner! I use my cast iron all the time, so it has an easy-access spot in our kitchen, making it quick to whip out for anything from frying eggs to roasting a whole chicken. The properties of cast iron are pretty amazing, from more even cooking to enhanced flavors. Not to mention, clean-up is seriously a snap. I’m talking pour off juices/grease, scrape off crispy bits, and wipe it out. Done.

And let’s not forget the gorgeous presentation cast iron makes when bringing a whole bird straight from the oven to your table. If you don’t have one, this is definitely a piece of kitchen cookware you want to invest in. Can you get by with a roasting pan or baking dish? Sure, but you won’t reap the amazing benefits of cast iron.

roast chicken dinner

Tools You’ll Need

  • Cast iron skillet, 12″ or larger
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Kitchen twine or unwaxed dental floss

Ingredients

whole chicken dinner ingredients

  • Whole chicken – Look for a 3.5-5 lb bird. This is the perfect size to nestle in the cast iron and still have enough room for potatoes and carrots.
  • 3-4 medium potatoes, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • Italian seasoning – The aromatic herbs in Italian seasoning pair so well with roasted chicken. But if you prefer something a little more neutral, a generous amount of salt and pepper offers a surprisingly simple and delicious combination.
  • Salt & pepper – Added to carrots and potatoes to taste.

Directions

Step 1:
Remove chicken from packaging and any giblets that may be inside.
Place the chicken on a cutting board and pat very dry with paper towels. This is what will help give the chicken a nice, crispy exterior.

whole chicken

Step 2:
Sprinkle the chicken liberally with Italian seasoning, on the skin and within the cavity. Transfer to cast iron skillet.
To help the chicken cook more evenly, tie up the legs with either kitchen twine or unwaxed dental floss.

whole chicken with Italian seasoning

Step 3:
Prepare the potatoes and carrots. Add diced potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Coat in 2 T olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Arrange carrots and potatoes around the chicken in the cast iron pan.

whole chicken and carrots

I like to place the carrots on the bottom so they cook in the juices of the chicken, resulting in nice, tender carrots, while leaving the potatoes on top to get crispy in the oven.

whole chicken and potatoes

Step 4:
Roast chicken uncovered at 425º for 60-75 minutes, depending on the size of the bird, or until a digital thermometer reads 165º. (If you don’t have a meat thermometer, HIGHLY recommend getting one as it takes so much guess work out of cooking.)
Let rest at least 10 minutes before serving to lock in juices.

whole roasted chicken

Whole Roasted Chicken Dinner

Plump and juicy whole chicken is roasted to golden perfection in a seasoned cast-iron skillet with a medley of crispy potatoes and sweet carrots.
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Ingredients

  • 3.5-5 lb whole chicken
  • 3-4 medium potatoes
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 T olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Remove chicken from packaging and any giblets that may be inside.
    Place the chicken on a cutting board and pat very dry with paper towels. This is what will help give the chicken a nice, crispy exterior.
  • Sprinkle the chicken liberally with Italian seasoning, on the skin and within the cavity. Transfer to cast iron skillet. To help the chicken cook more evenly, tie up the legs with either kitchen twine or unwaxed dental floss.
  • Prepare the potatoes and carrots. Add diced potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Coat in 2 T olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
    Arrange carrots and potatoes around the chicken in the cast iron pan. Layer the carrots on the bottom and the potatoes on top.
  • Roast chicken uncovered at 425º for 60-75 minutes, depending on the size of the bird, or until a digital thermometer reads 165º.
    Let rest at least 10 minutes before serving to lock in juices.
Servings: 6 people

The beauty of this Whole Roasted Chicken Dinner lies not only in its simplicity but in its deep, rich flavors. It’s the kind of meal that invites you to take a step back, slow down, and savor each bite.

Now it’s time for you to dive into your own culinary adventure. Be sure to share your roast chicken creations with us. We’d love to hear about your favorite seasonings and special touches that make your roast chicken unique.

Looking to discover more delicious chicken recipes for your leftovers? Check out some of our favorites:
Easy Homemade Chicken Alfredo
Chicken Noodle Soup

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