Dutch Oven Chicken is easy-to-make comfort food. Tender chicken and caramelized onions are topped with nutty poppy seeds and a crunchy cracker topping. It's a tasty recipe to prepare outdoors in a cast iron Dutch Oven or inside in your home kitchen.
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Ingredients to Have on Hand
The grocery list for Dutch Oven Chicken is short (yay!) and most everything on the list is likely either in your pantry now or an item that might be found on a quick trip to the store.
- Chicken Breasts
- Sour Cream
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Buttery Crackers, such as Club Crackers
- Poppy Seeds
Tiny, Nutty Poppy Seeds
You might wonder, why do we need to add something so little to this recipe? Poppy seeds might be tiny, but they add a mild, nutty flavor to Dutch Oven Chicken and they add a lot to this recipe! According to the Food Network, poppy seeds even have a bit of a health benefit. Bring on the poppy seeds!
The grocery store in your neighborhood should have them. I usually find poppy seeds in the spice aisle but sometimes they are in the baking aisle. As an option, you can buy them here too.
Prepare the Coals
Unlike our home ovens where we just preheat the oven, with Dutch Oven cooking we need to get the coals ready first. The charcoal will take about 20-30 minutes to reach the right temperature, you can tell when they're ready because the edges of the charcoal turn gray. It may seem time consuming, but this is usually the perfect amount of time to do some prep work.
One Pot Main Course
Whether you make this outside or inside, this recipe is a satisfying one-pot main course for dinner. The creamy sauce is delicious served with rice, but you could keep things really simple and serve it with a baked potato or even toast.
Dutch Oven Cooking
Have you ever made a meal outdoors in a big cast iron Dutch Oven? It's a fun and actually very easy way to fix a big pot of food. Talk about a conversation starter! Scroll down for a few "tricks of the trade."
There are a few items you'll want to have ready before your maiden voyage with Dutch Oven cooking. Here are some of the "must have" items to help make the cooking adventure go smoothly.
10" Dutch Oven There are many size options in Dutch Oven cooking, some are much larger. But this 10" size holds 5 quarts which is big enough to prepare plenty of food.
Lid lifter. Of all the Dutch Oven accessories, this is probably the most important to have. Lifting a lid full of hot coals is something you don't want to risk with a potholder.
Lid stand this is really important because you'll want a nice clean place to put your lid when you want to check what's cooking in the oven, or when you remove the lid so folks can dig in.
A chimney charcoal starter makes lighting all that charcoal a cinch. Just count the number of coals you'll need, place them in the chimney on top of a few paper towels and ignite.
Kitchen Cooking Option
Pretty much any recipe that is designed for a Dutch Oven can be adapted for cooking or baking inside in your kitchen oven. This recipe is no exception and the recipe below has a step by step for either option.
When it comes to a Dutch Oven in my kitchen, this Le Creuset Dutch Oven is by far my favorite. It's durable, beautiful, cooks food evenly and it's pretty enough to scoop up right from the pot.
Crunchy Cracker Topping
Don't skimp on this part. It's an easy step and the melted butter combined with crushed crackers bakes into a crunchy, buttery topping that can't be beat.
This recipe was adapted from one I found in a little paperback Southern Living cookbook a few years ago.
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