Dutch Oven Orange Roasted Chicken

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

An interesting experiment... My goal was to get a bird from oven to table, as fast as possible (no brining) by utilizing a super-hot oven and the closed environment of the dutch oven. The result was a tender, VERY flavorful bird that would lend itself to many variations. Lemon/Oregano, Apple/cinammon, Lime/Cilantro.. etc...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees while you're cleaning bird and prepping ingredients.
  2. Place a small rack in the bottom of a large dutch oven.
  3. Whisk the canola oil and soy sauce in a small bowl, Mix rub seasonings in a bag.
  4. Loosen the skin on the chicken with your hands and paint the canola/soy mixture UNDER the skin and in the cavity.
  5. Apply dry rub under skin and in cavity, it will stick very well to the soy/oil mix.
  6. put two onion quarters and two orange slices in the cavity.
  7. Use your hands to rub the last TB of oil all over the bird, Place bird breast side down in the dutch oven, place remaining orange slices& onion quarters around bird.
  8. You can toss in the neck and giblets in there too.
  9. Put the lid on the dutch oven and bake for 50 mins covered, Remove cover and bake for another 15-20 mins, until internal temp reaches 170 degrees the thickest part of the thigh.
  10. Allow to sit, uncovered for 10 mins before serving.
  11. The pan drippings make for an outstanding sauce, just deglaze with a bit more orange juice or some white wine, allow to thicken, season, strain and serve.
Most Helpful

This was very good. I changed the recipe slightly. I used chicken breasts and only 2 teaspoons of salt. I just couldn't bring myself to put in 1 tablespoon. I lowered the temperature of my oven to 475 due to other reviews. I cooked it for 60 minutes covered and 15 uncovered. My drippings were not too black to make a sauce. The onions and oranges both had excellent flavor. Thanks for sharing.

Lighthouse Rita April 11, 2010

This was delicious! We made some modifications in order to use a dutch oven over charcoal. Put the oil and soy sauce into the bottom of the oven, sliced the onions into thick rings and placed on the bottom of the oven. Rubbed the dry rub onto chicken breasts, placed on top of the onion rings, and covered with the orange wedges. Baked at about 400 (5 coals below the oven and 15 on top) for about an hour, removed from coals and let rest for about 10 minutes. Beautifully moist, excellent flavor... yum!

Da Huz February 22, 2010

Very moist and tasty! However, that high heat was not kind to my roaster. The cracking and popping sounds that I thought might be the chicken - turned out to be the handles on my roaster. I also agree with Ebony - my drippings did not make into a good sauce - too black. I will probably use these seasonings with a lower/slower temp in the future.

Trisha W November 05, 2004