Best Roasted Chicken in the freaking world. Period.

Best Roast Chicken, Ever
Best Roast Chicken, Ever

Do you ever get those moments when you make something and it just blows your mind? Like, how in the world by some freak of nature did I POSSIBLY pull that off?  That was totally my afternoon yesterday.  I decided I was going to be all proactive about my food prep, and roast a chicken so that I could make some chicken broth afterwards, some soup,  some gluten and dairy free mini chicken pot pies, and with leftovers, perhaps some dairy free chicken quesadillas with these soft tortillas, or even experiment with Karina’s Dairy Free Cheese sauce and see if i could come up with a Chicken a la King recipe.  I was in the ‘zone’.  I was prepared to be The Chicken Queen, with a freezer full of chicken-type dinners to last me AGES.

I figured I’d just do a simple roast chicken, and work with it from there.  Um…. but then I got a little enthusiastic about seasonings, and it kinda became its own beast…. which was probably a good thing because my two year old nephew was visiting and that little muffie can eat !

Right. Back to the chicken.  Honestly, if you are going to do an awesome Sunday dinner that will last you a few days  THIS is the way to do it!  The dutch oven seals in the steam so that the chicken holds in all the moisture and cooks more quickly.  The meat is ridiculously tender, and has a wonderful slightly bacon flavour to it. I just can’t even explain the awesomeness.

Now- this does indeed qualify as Paleo with the bacon, and for all purists, you can make your own nitrate-free bacon with this recipe here.


Roasted Chicken in the pot
Roasted Chicken in the pot

DONEZO. Seriously. You just don’t understand the phenomenality. Take a bite and you’ll know. :)


11 Replies to “Best Roasted Chicken in the freaking world. Period.”

  1. oh man, nicole, thats terrific!! i’m so glad you let me know how it turned out. that just totally made my day :) roasting birds used to scare me too, and then after i tried doing itin a dutch oven i realized how easy it was :D plus, bacon doesn’t hurt ;)

  2. Hey Alea,

    Just wanted to follow up with you and let you know it turned out great. I’d never cooked a bird before, but this was a beaut… thanks for the great recipe!


  3. hiya Nicole!

    You can’t fail at this one, i PROMISE :D or you can email me or even call me if something goes wrong ;) for onions, i just grabbed the regular ones at the super market, i think they were yellow. please let me know how your bird turns out! i can’t wait to hear how awesome it is :D alea

  4. I hope this recipe works for novices. I have never cooked a whole bird in my life, but this post inspired me to go out and buy an organic chicken today. I already have some nitrate-free turkey bacon on hand. I’ll be making this tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it!

    One question: Did you use sweet onions or the more pungent yellow ones?

  5. Hiya Cosmic!

    you could totally do this with turkey! um… you might need either a smallish turkey or a huge roasting pan that clsoes to get the same effect though… and lots a bacon and lots of red wine… it woudl be delicious :D

  6. I love this idea! If I wanted to use a turkey instead, would you recommend I change any of the other ingredients?

  7. I made this tonight and it turned out AMAZING!!! your nephew said “this is like at Zia Alea’s house”…
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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