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30 Best Dutch Oven Chicken Recipes

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, there’s no bad time to try these Dutch oven chicken recipes.

They’re exactly what you’ll need when you want a big pot of something filling!

Baked Chicken Thighs with Roasted Lemon Slices
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Dutch ovens are ideal for browning meat and cooking recipes low and slow on the stovetop.

Then, you can also seamlessly transfer your dinner to the oven when the time comes. 

Dutch ovens are also crazy-versatile, and you can make everything from curry and chili to stew and pasta. 

Don’t believe me? Try these insanely good Dutch oven chicken recipes!

1. Dutch Oven Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is comfort food at its finest. It’s warm, savory, full of veggies, and better still, it’s topped with dense and delicious dumplings.

And don’t worry about making the dumplings from scratch.

It’s super easy, and all you’ll need to do is quickly mix the dough and then drop it into the pot using a spoon.

2. Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon has quite a specific flavor, and I know many people don’t like it. But if you like that taste, you’ll love this chicken recipe. 

In the Dutch oven, the skin on the chicken thighs will turn delightfully crispy, and the added wine makes this light and fresh.

3. Dutch Oven Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a delicious dish that you’ll find all over New Orleans. It’s full of vegetables, sausage, chicken, and often shrimp, too. 

It’s also the kind of dish you want to let bubble away on the stove, so the flavors can marry properly. It really makes the spices come together!

4. Dutch Oven Chili Recipe

Dutch ovens have been around for hundreds of years, and it’s their thick and sturdy make-up that makes them ideal for cooking on an open flame. 

So, next time you go camping, why not bring yours along and make this thick and tasty chili recipe?

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You could even add a layer of cornbread towards the end for a quick and filling dinner. 

5. Creamy Chipotle Butter Chicken Meatballs

At first glance, this looks like a creamy tomato-based pasta sauce that you might serve over pasta. 

In reality, it’s a spiced butter chicken dream with tender chicken meatballs.

Between the smoky chipotle and paprika, this will warm up even the coldest winter night.

6. Best Easy Chicken Fajitas

I love how vibrant Mexican food is, and nothing is sunnier than this pot full of peppers and chicken. 

For even cooking, be sure to slice the chicken relatively thin so that it will cook before the veggies burn.

7. White Bean and Kale Soup with Chicken

Soup is such a great family meal, and when you have a sizeable Dutch oven, you can easily make a big batch to last a few days.

This recipe uses buttery beans for a boost of fiber, and, of course, you’ll get a ton of goodness from the kale.

8. Chicken Cayenne Dutch Oven Dinner for Two

One of my all-time favorite combinations is chicken with cayenne because it gives you lots of heat without it becoming overwhelming.

The addition of sugar to the sauce makes this sweet and spicy, which is such a nice change of pace. You’ll definitely want to make extra.

9. One-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Cheesy chicken pasta is a thing of beauty. It’s a dish you can serve to kids and grown-ups and see nothing but smiling faces. 

One easy way to boost the flavor (especially if you choose a jar sauce rather than homemade) is to roast the garlic before adding it to the mix. 

10. One-Pot Chicken Stew

During the week, there’s nothing better than a one-pot wonder. Minimal dishes, minimal time, and maximum flavor!

Chicken stew is a lot like soup, only it tends to be chunkier and include more veggies. In this case, you’ll use carrots, potatoes, onion, and celery.

11. One Pan Braised Chicken and Vegetables

Braising is a style of cooking that’s in between roasting and stewing.

You’ll need just a little oil and moisture, but the meat doesn’t get submerged in water in this case.

You’ll add just enough liquid, so the meat and veggies don’t get stuck, and then let it all simmer until most of the stock has evaporated. 

12. Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

If you’re not a fan of tomato-heavy or overly cheesy pasta dishes, this pesto pasta is for you. It doesn’t compromise on flavor one bit, but it is lighter overall.

The best part is that it comes together in just 30 minutes, and the sauce needs only a handful of pantry staples.

13. Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is a very old dish that stems from Italian hunters.

It uses a few key vegetables and some wine, along with the catch of the day, which was usually rabbit.

Of course, rabbit is still quite popular in Italy (and Spain), but we mostly see this served with chicken.

As for what to serve with chicken cacciatore, you can’t go wrong with some crusty bread!

14. Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Gnocchi has such a unique texture, and I love to use it when I need a break from pasta. 

Since it’s quite dense, I find it’s the ideal addition to this creamy chicken soup. But I would recommend frying it in butter first to give it a golden crust.

15. Dutch Oven Whole Roast Chicken

This meal is why you should buy a Dutch oven. Forget everything else and just be sure you get one big enough to fit in a whole chicken. 

You won’t need to worry about spilling the juices off a baking tray, and you can cook the veggies right in the chicken jus for maximum taste.

16. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun seasoning is cold, earthy, and spicy. I love it on pretty much anything, but it really works well with mild chicken. 

For this recipe, it’s added to a creamy sauce, which will mellow it out a little, too. 

17. Chicken Stroganoff

Stroganoff is a pasta dish made using mushrooms and sour cream. It’s tangy, earthy, and is usually served with beef.

If you like those flavors but want something cheaper and lighter, you can’t go wrong with chicken.

18. Chicken Corn Chowder

I try not to make corn chowder too often because I have a hard time stopping and just one bowl. 

It’s rich, creamy, sweet, and best served with a piece of crunchy French bread. I also like to blitz about a quarter of the mix to make it nice and thick.

19. One-Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Chicken alfredo is probably one of the most popular pasta meals in the US. We can’t get enough of that cheesy goodness!

But if you want to make it a little more unique, all it takes is a few dashes of smoky Cajun spices. 

20. Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

As delicious as this chicken dish is, you need to find real Hungaria paprika to make it authentic. It’s available online and offers a much deeper flavor.

When paired with the tangy sour cream, this becomes even more rich and indulgent.

21. Dutch Oven Chicken Pot Pie

This is my favorite way to make chicken pot pie. It not only looks impressive, but you can make everything in the pot rather than having to pour the filling from a pan to a baking dish.

Then, once the filling is cooked, just top it with pastry and bake until golden.

22. Mexican Style Shredded Chicken

To ensure your chicken comes out tender every time, one trick is to cook it in liquid.

That way, it can’t dry out from the heat, and as a bonus, it will absorb the flavor of the stock. 

So, if you’re like me and can eat tacos every night of the week, I highly recommend making a big batch of this spicy shredded chicken.

23. Sweet Potato Chili

I always add sweet potato to my chili because it bulks it out, adds terrific color, and gives it a sweetness to boot.

Of course, the added nutrients don’t hurt, either!

Be sure to cut them relatively small, so they will cook in time, and if you’re not a fan of ground meat, try adding some spicy shredded chicken instead.

24. Garlic and Ginger Braised Chicken

Just look at that stunning deep, dark color. You know that this braised chicken is brimming with flavor before you even take a bite.

You’ll start by browning the chicken, then use that juice to fry the veggies.

Then, everything is braised in a heavenly garlic and ginger sauce until fork tender. 

25. One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta

Garlic and Parmesan are a match made in heaven, and this is one pasta you’ll want to make over and over again.

Just be sure to get real Parmesan, not that stinky stuff in the plastic tub!

26. Hearty Tortellini Chicken Noodle Soup

I love soup, but it’s not always the most filling, which is why I love this tortellini soup. 

The pasta makes this a full meal, keeping you satisfied all the way until dinner. 

27. Cozy Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

The ingredient list for this might look long, but the prep is a breeze, thanks to the canned biscuits. 

I’m all for baking from scratch, but who doesn’t love a good shortcut every now and then?

28. Dutch Oven Enchiladas

Did you make a big batch of shredded spicy chicken? Wondering what to do with the leftovers?

How about these cheesy enchiladas? They’re smothered in spicy tomato sauce and best served with a healthy spoonful of guacamole. 

29. Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is one of the best things to make in your Dutch oven.

Not only is the pot tall, giving you more room to avoid spills, but it holds heat much better than a shallow pan. 

And with the added depth, you can fry a whole piece in minutes and not have to worry about flipping it. 

30. Buffalo-Style Chicken Chili Dip

Looking for a hot, spicy dip to impress your guests? This incredible buffalo chicken chili dip will do just that and then some.

We all love buffalo chicken wings, after all, but you can’t deny they’re messy. Luckily, with this recipe, you get all the same flavors without the dirty bones.

30 Best Dutch Oven Chicken Recipes

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Comfort food just doesn’t get much better than these Dutch oven chicken recipes. You’ll love making dishes like chicken and dumplings or these lemon chicken thighs!


  • 1 pound chicken thighs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 large white onion, peeled and sliced

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1 small bunch thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper, optional

  • 2 lemons, sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pat the chicken dry and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle the olive oil into the bottom of a Dutch oven and add the butter. Turn the stove to medium, add the chicken, skin side down, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then, remove the chicken from the pot.
  • Add the onions and stir, cooking for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  • Take the pot off the heat and add the potato slices. Lay the chicken thighs over the potatoes, skin side up.
  • Throw the garlic cloves into the pot and sprinkle the chicken with the paprika, lemon pepper, and thyme. Lay the lemon slices on the chicken.
  • Put the lid on the pot and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the lid and check the chicken – it should be 165°F (75 °C). If the chicken isn’t done, return the pot to the oven and cook for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Take the Dutch oven out of the oven, cool for 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy!
Dutch Oven Chicken Recipes

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “30 Best Dutch Oven Chicken Recipes”

  1. Hi Kim –

    I was trying to locate the recipe of the chicken with lemon, its the 1st photo – but not in the list of recipes. help?



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