Dutch Oven Roast Chicken with a Texas-style Rub

Dutch Oven Roast Chicken with a Texas-style Rub

In my recipe, Dutch Oven Roast Chicken with a Texas-style rub, I’m honoring a family tradition. A key element in this recipe is the Texas-style rub that I’ll be using to season the chicken. It originated with my in-laws and we use the rub on all of our poultry dishes. Even though our family is in Texas, we remember them when we use this special rub on our Thanksgiving Turkey or on Dutch Oven chicken.

Dutch Oven Cooking: A Family Tradition

For some, cooking is about honoring long held family traditions. For example, we all have special dishes we share with family on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. However, cooking is also about sharing love and appreciation for friends and family. Do you have stories about special meals you shared with your family?

My favorite dish is my mom’s lasagne. She made it for me each and every birthday I can remember. To this day, my mom knows how much I love her lasagna, so, every time I see her, she makes lasagne for me. ABSOLUTE HEAVEN! My love of lasagne; though, is only part of the story. My mom bakes lasagne because she loves me and it’s her way of showing it. I’m blessed that I have such a wonderful mom.

Oftentimes, we find ourselves separated from our loved ones — either by distance or because they have left us for their eternal journey. As consequence, cooking becomes a way of keeping our loved ones close by, of honoring them, and carrying on our family traditions.

Without further adieu, Dutch Oven Roast Chicken with a Texas-style rub.

Prep-Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

1.5 to 2 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Equipment Needed

  • 12 inch Dutch Oven Deep (8 quart)
  • meat thermometer

Ingredients: Dutch Oven Roast Chicken

  • 12 inch Dutch Oven Deep (8 quart)
  • 1 whole fryer chicken (4 1/2 to 5 lbs.)
  • meat thermometer
  • 1 large, yellow onion
  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper chopped (coarsely)
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup carbonated water
  • 1/2 stick butter (thinly sliced pats)
  • 3 tbsp poultry rub

Dutch Oven: Step-by-Step Instructions

Dutch Oven Roast Chicken with a Texas-style Rub is an incredibly easy recipe to make. The instructions follow below.

Slice one large onion and place it it on the bottom of the Dutch Oven. The onion functions like trivet protecting the bottom of chicken while cooking.

onions placed on bottom of the dutch oven
onions placed on bottom of the dutch oven

Place chicken on top of the onions in the dutch oven.

chicken on top of the onions
chicken on top of the onions

Season the chicken with your preferred poultry rub. I sprinkled the seasoning on the chicken and rubbed it into the skin of the bird because the skin was already moist after washing.

Seasoned chicken in the dutch oven.
Seasoned chicken in the dutch oven

Chop vegetables (coarsely), stuff the chicken with the veggies, and place them around the chicken inside the oven.

chicken with chopped vegetables
Chicken with chopped vegetables.

Add liquid. For instance, I used a mixture of sparkling water and orange juice to give a citrusy flavor and preserve moisture while cooking.

Pouring liquid into the bottom of the dutch oven
Pouring liquid into the bottom of the dutch oven

Top seasoned chicken with pats of butter.

chicken topped with pats of butter.
Chicken topped with pats of butter.

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