Dutch Oven Lemon Thyme Chicken

The whole lemon thyme chicken ready to eat but still sitting in the Dutch oven.

Looking for a simple main for your next camping dinner? Look no further than this easy yet flavorful Dutch Oven Lemon Thyme Chicken.

A single lemon is distributed in and around the chicken along with thyme. The chicken is then baked in a Dutch oven, letting all the flavors infuse while the chicken remains tender.

The chicken can be served with your choice of vegetables, salad, or other sides. Or, if you like, throw in a few halved baby potatoes with the chicken as it cooks.

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A raw whole chicken ready to cook showing the lemon positioned under the skin.
A whole lemon and thyme chicken cooked in a Dutch oven is a great option as a main dish while camping.
Cooked and very tender fall-off-the-bone lemon and thyme roast chicken still in the Dutch oven.
Fresh lemon and thyme are the two main flavors in this amazing Dutch oven roasted chicken.
The lemon thyme chicken just after the lid of the Dutch oven was taken off and it is still steaming.
The lemon and thyme penetrate the chicken to make a flavorful main dish.
The whole lemon thyme chicken ready to eat but still sitting in the Dutch oven.
A whole chicken is roasted in a Dutch oven with lemon and thyme to make this great camping main dish.

Dutch Oven Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe

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The whole lemon thyme chicken ready to eat but still sitting in the Dutch oven.
Looking for a simple main for your next camping dinner? Look no further than this easy yet flavorful Dutch Oven Lemon Thyme Chicken.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodBake

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Equipment

  • 12 inch Dutch oven

Directions

  • Cut the lemon in half, then continue cutting one of the halves into round slices.
  • Place the chicken in the Dutch oven, then place the full half lemon inside the chicken. Gently place your hand between the chicken meat on the skin to detach it. Place the lemon slices on top of the chicken yet under the skin, then similarly add the thyme and butter.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Bring the Dutch oven to about 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) then cook for about 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked throughout, at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 179mgCalcium: 32mgVitamin C: 18mgVitamin A: 471IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 402mgCholesterol: 158mgCalories: 468kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 12gFat: 34gProtein: 36gCarbohydrates: 3gIron: 2mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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