The Lodge cast iron combo cooker is super versatile. Not only can it be used as a Dutch Oven but you can use the pieces separately as a pot and a skillet. You may have seen me use it in several recipes before. In this Whole Paleo Chicken recipe with Rosemary I’m using it as a Dutch Oven.
Chicken is currently on my can’t eat list but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this one-pot dinner.
Prior to the last 3 months when I wasn’t avoiding chicken we would regularly find a whole chicken in our monthly meat CSA bag. Sometimes it would come completely cut into pieces but every time we got a whole chicken I would stuff it with something.
It doesn’t really matter what you choose for the stuffing.tp You can use a couple whole lemons cut in half or you could increase the citrus by using a mix of quartered lemons and oranges mixed with some fresh herbs.
I typically reach for the onions and garlic first however for this chicken stuffing, I added a couple more vegetables and spiced things up with dried rosemary and a bit of paprika.
Experiment with Variety
Feel free to change up the vegetables and seasonings. Fresh sliced fennel and onion would make for a great swap in the spring or diced butternut squash with fresh cut orange slices are super tasty in the fall.
Don’t forget to baste the bird for that crispy and delicious exterior!
Cooked Chicken = Blank Canvas
Maybe cooking a whole chicken is just the first step for you. Once you have cooked chicken on hand you can use it for some many things including chicken salad, chicken sandwiches on paleo bread, chicken soup, enchiladas, tacos or burritos. You can use it as a topping for a big ole salad for lunch or mix it in with veggies and make an omelet for breakfast.
There really are so many possibilities! If you find whole chickens on sale, pick up more than one and cook them at the same time so you can use the leftovers to make several meals throughout the week.