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Dutch Oven Chicken Breast

Dutch oven chicken breast on plate

5 from 8 reviews

This is an easy and comforting meal you can make with basic ingredients and in only 45 minutes! A Dutch oven is the only cooking pot used - for browning, simmering, and baking in the oven - saving you lots of dishes to wash up!

Ingredients

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  • 24 ounces (680 g) boneless skinless chicken breast (about 3 - 4 medium chicken breasts)
  • 12 ounces (340 g) onion (about 2 medium or 1 large onion)
  • 12 ounces (340 g) carrots (about 3 medium carrots)
  • 12 ounces (340 g) baby potatoes (1 inch diameter - see note 1)
  • 3 tablespoons (43 g) butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons (24 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to season chicken (see note 2)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups (473 ml) chicken broth/stock

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Slice the onion. Peel the carrots and cut into approximately 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) rounds. Scrub the potatoes (if not purchased pre-washed). Set vegetables aside.
  3. If needed, trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts. Season both sides of the chicken with salt to taste.
  4. In a large Dutch oven (7 - 8 quart capacity), heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Swirl the melting butter to evenly coat the surface of the Dutch oven. When the butter is melted, place in the seasoned chicken breasts. Let the chicken breasts cook, undisturbed, for 3 - 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip the chicken and cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes to brown the other side. (If the butter is getting too dark while the chicken is browning, turn the heat down.)
  5. Remove the browned chicken breasts to a plate and set aside. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the Dutch oven. When the butter is melted, add the sliced onions, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, dried thyme, and garlic powder. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened.
  6. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  7. Pour in the chicken broth/stock. Stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the carrots and potatoes to the Dutch oven. Turn the heat up to high to bring the liquid to a boil, then turn the heat down again to maintain a simmer. Simmer for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Turn the heat off the burner and add the browned chicken breasts back into the Dutch oven, nestling them down into the gravy (they do not have to be fully submerged). Place the lid on the Dutch oven and bake in the preheated oven for 15 - 18 minutes, or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and the carrots and potatoes are fork-tender.
  9. Remove the chicken from the Dutch oven and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes. (Allowing the chicken to rest submerged in the hot liquid may cause the chicken to overcook.) The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools. When serving, the chicken can be placed back in the Dutch oven with the vegetables. 

Notes

If you don't have baby potatoes that are roughly 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, you can use any type of potato cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) chunks.

This recipe was developed using Diamond Crystal kosher salt; to substitute table salt or Morton kosher salt, use 1/2 teaspoon in the gravy rather than the 1 teaspoon called for. When seasoning the chicken, salt to taste.

If the chicken breasts are finished cooking but the potatoes and carrots aren't tender enough, just remove the chicken breasts from the Dutch oven, place the lid back on and bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes, or until the veggies are cooked through.

The nutrition information below was calculated using a total of 1 1/2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt for the entire recipe. This nutrition information is an estimate only; the nutrition counts of your dish will vary based on the brands and exact amounts of ingredients used. This information was provided by an online nutrition calculator, and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice. See our full nutrition disclosure policy.

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