Are you new to Cooking Traditional “Nutrient Dense” Foods, feel overwhelmed, and don’t know where to start? In this video, I show you how to cook a roast chicken, which leads to the makings for chicken bone broth.

This recipe for Roast Chicken in a Cast Iron Skillet will start you on your Nourishing Traditions journey to create a Traditional Foods Kitchen. And you’ll find that making Nutrient Dense foods is easier than you think!

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Ingredients for Roasting a Chicken

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In addition to the first chicken meal that you make in a cast-iron skillet, here are more chicken recipes you can enjoy.

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe Videos

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Roast Chicken in a Cast Iron Skillet

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Are you new to Cooking Traditional "Nutrient Dense" Foods, feel overwhelmed, and don't know where to start? Learn how to cook a roast chicken, which leads to the makings for chicken bone broth.


  • 1 Raw whole chicken 2-4 pounds in weight
  • 3-4 Potatoes, unpeeled cut in half and then each half cut in quarters
  • 6 Carrots, peeled cut into thirds
  • 4 Onions, peeled cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Coarse ground Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  • Place carrots on the bottom of the cast iron pan to create a rack.
  • Salt the chicken cavity with 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Place chicken on top of carrots into the pan. Tuck the wings under the chicken body. (See video.) Tie chicken legs together with twine.
  • Place onions and potatoes around chicken in pan.
  • Brush melted butter over chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place pan into the oven. Lower oven temperature to 375°F (191°C). Cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F-185°F (74°C-85°C) or until the juices run clear and there is no sign of pink or red meat when the chicken is sliced. Enjoy!



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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Cast Iron Cooking, Cast Iron Skillet Recipe, Chicken, Roast Chicken
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