Dutch Oven Chicken for Dad’s Day
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My Dad is difficult to buy gifts for. Whenever you ask him what he wants for any occasion he says, “world peace.” and I think to myself I am definitely born of hippies. Well, I still want to get him something to show him that I care. My Dad has lots of hobbies and I think he has every item associated with them. Then my Mom keeps him stocked with all needs like ties, socks, etc. So what does a girl do? She has to think about what she loves and because she is her father’s daughter the perfect Dad gift comes to mind. I am going to cook dutch oven chicken a give him a dutch oven cookbook. Food and books! What is better?!
Dutch oven cooking has always been something my family has enjoyed together. Especially in the Summer months and while camping. No one makes fried dutch oven potatoes as crispy and yummy as my Dad. Dutch oven always meant that we were having a day of family labor on a big project or a celebration was happening. These activities always made for hungry and happy people. I love watching my Dad get the coals prepped just right and tending the fire. Then watching him baby the dutch ovens before and after the meal. You can tell he really loves dutch oven cooking. And so much family tradition and good feels are attached to the whole thing for me. What better way to show he has passed on his talents and passion for something we both love?
My Dad is known to slip away early in the evening to get ready for bed and read. I definitely got my love of reading from my Dad. He is always talking about what book he is reading. Or telling a story from a book he has previously read. Books are something I always know he will appreciate. As much as I love books, especially cookbooks, I am excited to share Dutchoven & Cast Iron Cookbook with him. Full of new ideas beyond the traditional fried chicken and potatoes!
The recipes are varied and have instructions for over the fire or in home cooking. Which I love because sometimes I crave dutch oven food but do not want to go out and make a fire. There are also great ideas to do with pie irons as well as cast iron skillets. My Dad owns and uses probably about 20 cast irons that hang in my parents kitchen. I had no idea growing up that there were skillets besides cast iron. So I know he can utilize these recipes to the fullest. Plus, I get to reap the benefits when I visit and he makes me something yummy.
My Dutch Oven Chicken & Vegetables
Like I mentioned earlier there was only two classics that I remember always being at our dutch oven feasts. Fried chicken and potatoes. But as I have gotten older I realized I really prefer more vegetables with my dutch oven. Not that I don’t love the comfort of the straight up classic dishes but that I want to elevate them. Or perhaps make them my own. My fried chicken is lightly breaded with seasoned whole wheat flour. I tested both skin on and skin off chicken and both turned out perfectly. Then loaded the bottom with onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, and sweet peppers. The chicken drips down over the vegetables and makes this rich satisfying broth. This is serious comfort food.
Father’s day should be celebrated with comfort food. Because there is comfort in fathers as they work hard to put food on the table day after day. Or the constant of sitting in a church pew and him gently pulling slivers from my hands. Or Dad teaching you how to put a bike together at his bike shop. And the moments when you realize you are indeed his child as you build or fix something. These are all comforts that come from knowing you are his child and he is your Dad. He raised some tough stock.
- 1 4-6 lb Fryer Chicken cut into pieces
- 3 Tbs Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- Seasoning Mix: Oregano, Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder
- 1 Onion Chopped in ¼ in pieces
- 1 Bag of Baby Carrots
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes Peeled and Chopped
- 10 Small Sweet Peppers Halved
- 1 Medium Zucchini (Optional)
- 1 Can Green Chilis
- Preheat the oven to 350* F
- Take your dutch oven and add oil over medium heat.
- Mix the flour and seasoning mix together add salt
- Dredge the cut chicken pieces and add them to the hot oil.
- Brown both sides of the chicken.
- Pull from the pan set aside.
- Add all your veggies and start to brown them.
- Salt and Pepper your veggies.
- Then add your chicken on top of your veggies and put into the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour.