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Autumn Chicken - Whole Chicken Dutch Oven Recipe

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Autumn Chicken - Whole Chicken Dutch Oven Recipe
© Bob Sollima

Autumn chicken isn't a recipe just for the fall; it is a tasty camping recipe for the dutch oven that can be enjoyed all year! Use a #14 dutch oven or the deepest dutch oven you have in your camping kitchen. This whole chicken recipe is by the Mad Chef of the forest.

Whole Chicken Cooking Tips from the Mad Chef of the Forest: "I like to serve autumn chicken with large burrito-size flour tortillas. You can flake chicken off the bone with a fork and wrap everything into a tortilla. (No plates means no dishes!) Fresh rosemary and basil are the best, but dried herbs are easiest for camping. You can make soup or chicken stock with the chicken gizzards so that you don't waste anything."

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • whole chicken
  • medium lemon
  • olive oil
  • four bacon strips
  • potatoes
  • baby carrots
  • onions
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • flour tortillas (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Take out all the gizzards from the whole chicken.
  2. Stuff the chicken with peeled lemon, leaving the white zest on the lemon
  3. Place the whole chicken in your dutch oven.
  4. Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil over the top of the chicken and sprinkle with rosemary, basil, salt and pepper.
  5. Criss-cross four bacon strips over the top of the whole chicken.
  6. Surround the entire chicken with quartered medium to small potatoes (leaving the skins down), or whole baby potatoes, baby peeled carrots, and onion wedges.
  7. Bake the chicken and accompaniments until the chicken is fork-tender.
  8. If veggies are burning too much, take the dutch oven off of bottom coals and bake only with top-coals or add more olive oil to veggie mixture. Potatoes and veggies should have caramelized skins.

About the Chef: Bob Sollima, "The Mad Chef of the Forrest" has been dutch oven baking for almost 40 years, 26 years of which he spent living in the backcountry. Sollima has camped extensively the past two summers and has cooked dutch oven goodies for various celebrities in the backcountry.

"You really have to camp for a spell to appreciate the wonders of the dutch oven. Anything you can bake in your conventional oven at home, you can bake in a dutch oven, and most of the time it tastes better in the dutch oven. Maybe it's the great outdoors or more likely, the sealed-in blended flavors one gets from the dutch oven by the campfire." ~ The Mad Chef of the Forest

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