Cast Iron Roasted Chicken
One of my favorite and easiest week night dinners! This 45 minute - 1 hour dinner is so simple to make you can even pop it in the oven and leave it alone.
What you will need:
- One fresh whole chicken, 5 - 5.5 pounds
- A large cast iron skillet
- 4 Tablespoons of melted butter (about a quarter to half a stick)
- Seasons: Kosher salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder (You can also use all-purpose steak seasoning but I typically just do salt, pepper and garlic powder)
- 1 lemon
- 1 whole bulb of garlic
Step 1: Place the cast iron skillet in the over and preheat to 450 degrees
Step 2: Remove giblets and neck from inside of chicken.
Step 3: Rinse chicken well with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Step 4: Place whole chicken in another dish. Stuff inside of chicken with 1 lemon cut in half and 1 full bulb of garlic cut in half
Step 5: Pour melted butter over chicken and season both sides.
Step 6: Transfer the chicken to HOT cast iron skillet (be careful!! The cast iron is super hot) -- I recommend removing cast iron with 2 hot pads and place chicken in cast iron and then carefully place the cast iron back into the oven.
Step 7: If there is room, add some of your favorite veggies around the chicken. (This depends on the size of your cast iron)
Step 8: Roast chicken at 450 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until temperature in thickest part of breast reads 165 degrees
Step 9: Remove chicken and let chicken rest for 15 - 20 minutes before carving and serving.