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Fast and Easy Recipe For Roast Chicken in a Cast-Iron Skillet

Cast-Iron Skillet Makes For Ridiculously Easy Roast Chicken

Under the headline "World's Easiest Dinner" in Esquire magazine, this recipe was impossible to ignore. Roast chicken is already one of the easiest hearty meals around, but cooking it in a cast-iron skillet makes it pretty much foolproof. From chef Linton Hopkins of Atlanta's Restaurant Eugene, this three-ingredient regimen renders a bird with golden-brown skin that's "juicy as hell."

The recipe calls for a three-pound chicken, though I got one that was about 2.5 pounds, which was just big enough to squeeze into my 10-inch skillet. I only salted and peppered my meat, and with so much moistness, it had plenty of flavor. For the delicious details and the recipe,


Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

Fast and Easy Recipe For Roast Chicken in a Cast-Iron Skillet 2010-05-24 14:14:57


  1. one 3- to 3.5-pound chicken
  2. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  3. coarsely ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Place your oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  2. Get yourself a good chicken — 3 to 3.5 pounds is ideal — and rinse it inside and out under cold running water. Using paper towels, dry the bird thoroughly inside and out. The chicken must be bone dry or it will steam rather than brown.
  3. Set it in a cast-iron skillet and generously season it with 1 tablespoon kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Place the skillet in the preheated oven and go about your business.
  5. For doneness: Slit underside of thigh — juices must run clear (about 45 minutes). The high heat turns the chicken a golden brown, and it's juicy as hell.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
smileyface smileyface 6 years
This was awesome! Just made this for dinner and it was so good. Thanks for the gravy tip psteve! I put the onions in the bottom of the pan and then used a little bit of flour and chicken broth to make the gravy when the chicken was done. Super good. :o)
muse2323 muse2323 7 years
In my town, it's impossible to find a decent-sized roasting chicken at the grocery store--if you find one at all. (Lots of fryers, though.) We called our favorite meat market/butcher and asked them to get one for us. We'll never get our roasting chickens from another place again.
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