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Apr 18, 2013 05:42 PM

dutch oven chicken

I want to cook a whole chicken in a dutch oven on top of the stove - ideas?

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  1. Braise? I've never done a whole chicken on top of the stove, I've done them cut up, braised.

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    1. re: wyogal

      Yeah, I'd think the volume of liquid necessary to do a whole chicken would/could be problematic. Interesting in reading what others say. Oh, and how would it get brown? With pieces, it's easy but I'd think browning a whole bird adequately would be just about impossible.

      @OP, why are you wanting to do it this way? Might help with answers.

      1. re: c oliver

        because I don't want to deal with the oven! I've done it before with success, the lid on the dutch oven traps in all the steam so you really don't need a lot of liquid, I was just wondering if anyone had any tried true experience with other than me!

        1. re: ariesgirlb78

          You lost me with this one. Deal with the oven? Turn oven on to 400F. Insert chicken. Watch SportsCenter. Remove chicken. Turn off oven. What am I missing here?

          1. re: nokitchen

            but dutch ovens are so big and heavy - the stove top is easier because you only have to lift the lid! not the whole pot.

    2. Do you mind cutting it in pieces first?

      1. It can be done as a whole chicken...whole point of a dutch OVEN. I guess, right?

        check it out.

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        1. re: needfoodadvice

          That's pretty cool and probably just what the OP is looking for. Makes a lot of sense.

            1. re: needfoodadvice

              you got it! that was my point, why turn the oven on if I don't have to, I like to brown on the stove top anyway before. that being said I have had some burning in the pot with this method, I must have the heat too high. I have made the most amazing pot roast with this method on the stove top and I figure it should work with chicken as well. thank you!

              1. re: ariesgirlb78

                "Pot roast" has a LOT more fat than a chicken. But you said it has already worked for you. So that's great.

                1. re: c oliver

                  but - its not just the fat, it's braises in the released juices, and every chicken I've ever cooked gave me a lot of fat! which equals delicious potatoes!

                  1. re: ariesgirlb78

                    No, I'm agreeing with you. It works for you. Cool.