Sear a whole chicken in cast iron and you'll have one juicy, crispy bird. New potatoes absorb the tasty drippings as it roasts.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Preheat oven to 425°F. In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, and black pepper; set aside. Pat chicken dry; season with salt. Fold legs up over breast. Tie legs together with 100% cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back.

  • Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Add remaining sesame oil to skillet; heat 30 seconds. Place chicken breast side down in the skillet; sear 3 minutes or until golden and crusty. Turn chicken over and sear 3 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat.

  • Scatter potatoes around chicken. Pour the soy sauce mixture over chicken and potatoes. Roast 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thighs registers 175°F, stirring potatoes and spooning the skillet drippings over chicken once or twice during cooking. If sauce evaporates during roasting, add broth. Remove skillet from oven. Cover chicken; let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle potatoes with parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts

503 calories; total fat 32g; saturated fat 8g; polyunsaturated fat 8g; monounsaturated fat 13g; cholesterol 134mg; sodium 652mg; potassium 614mg; carbohydrates 15g; fiber 2g; sugar 3g; protein 36g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 306IU; vitamin c 12mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 11mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 25mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 36mg; iron 2mg.

Reviews (4)

23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5.0 stars
This has become a family favorite! It is juicy, delicious and pretty easy to make! It's also very difficult to sit here and smell it while it is cooking for an hour and a half. I have also used the mixture to cook different chicken pieces; adjust your cooking time accordingly depending on the size. We like to have ours with brussell sprouts sauteed in butter with lemon and garlic.
Rating: 5 stars
This was a delicious change from your typical roasted chicken. It was very flavorful. I added carrots and onions to the potatoes in the pan. This recipe is a keeper!
Rating: 5 stars
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing recipe! The sesame oil does smoke a bit while heating it, but it was worth it. Easy and delicious! I don't have a cast iron skillet large enough, so I used a metal baking pan and lined it with aluminum foil. Worked perfect.
Rating: 4 stars
Very nice flavor. I served with a simple stir fry and rice. Delish!