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Over 50 best Sunday dinner ideas including comforting dinners like soups, stews, casseroles, chicken and beef main dishes, seafood, side dishes, and more! |

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 whole chicken


Over 50 best Sunday dinner ideas including comforting dinners like soups, stews, casseroles, chicken and beef main dishes, seafood, side dishes, and more! One of my favorites is this Dutch Oven Roast Chicken.


  • 1 whole chicken (3 lbs.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 large yellow onionsliced
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons melted butterdivided
  • 2 carrots, chopped into 2-inch long pieces
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bring the chicken out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature (about 30 minutes), this will ensure even cooking. Pat dry the whole chicken completely with a paper towel before adding seasoning. This helps create an extra crispy skin when roasting.
  2. In a small bowl, add olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and mix well with a spoon to combine. Generously smear the seasoning mixture over the whole chicken inside and out. Using disposable gloves to make it easier. Make sure the seasoning covers all over the whole chicken including the inside cavity of the chicken.
  3. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with half the apples, half of the onion, and half of the garlic.
  4. Truss the chicken by tying the chicken snugly with kitchen string so that the wings and legs stay close to the body. This helps cook the whole chicken evenly.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine lemon juice, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and remaining vegetables (carrots, apples, onions, garlic and potatoes). Toss to combine.
  6. Spread the vegetables evenly inside the Dutch oven and place the whole chicken on top. Make sure the breasts of the chicken face upward. Brush the outside of the chicken evenly with the remaining tablespoon of melted butter. Cover the lid and roast the chicken for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165F, about 20-25 minutes more. You can check the internal temperature by sticking a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast.
  8. To make chicken skins extra crispy and browned, turn on the broil setting to HI and let it broil in the oven for additional 5 minutes. Brush extra melted butter over the skin.
  9. Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and let it sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before serving because the chicken is still cooking gradually due to the residual heat.
  10. Serve with the vegetables, a sprinkle of parsley and a drizzle of extra juices from the pan on top.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American