Cast Iron Salt & Pepper Roast Chicken Recipe

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This is a super easy salt and pepper roast chicken recipe with only 4 total ingredients and SO much flavor! It’s cooked in a cast-iron skillet in the oven and is absolutely delicious. The perfect easy everyday meal!

roasted chicken in a cast iron skillet with text overlay on the image.

Years ago, my neighbor brought us dinner and she made us this incredible salt and pepper roast chicken with roasted vegetables. It was one of the best we ever had! Of course, I asked her for all the details!

Oven Roast Chicken

This recipe for salt and pepper roast chicken only uses 4 ingredients and is cooked in a preheated cast-iron skillet (if you don’t have one, it’s a must in our kitchen!) and then cooked in the oven.

roasted chicken in a cast iron skillet

It’s flavorful and juicy when roasted with crispy, salty skin. Use the juices from the skillet as a gravy to pour over the chicken. It’s the best sauce!!

Serve it with roasted vegetables or a salad for a very easy meal!

Whole roasted chicken with salt and pepper.

Supplies

salt and pepper in a white bowl.

Ingredients

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Whole Chicken

Directions

  • Preheat the skillet in a 500-degree oven for 15 minutes.
cast iron skillet preheating in an oven
  • Rub the entire chicken, front and back, legs, thighs… every inch with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
whole chicken with salt and pepper
  • Wash your hands!
whole chicken in a cast iron pan
  • Open the oven, using an oven mitt and gently remove the hot skillet from the oven to place the whole chicken in.
  • Place it back in the oven to continuing cooking! The chicken will become a very nice dark, golden brown. Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature, read more below.

How to Roast a Chicken in Cast Iron Skillet

Roasting a whole chicken is actually very simple. First, you want to preheat the cast iron skillet while you prepare the chicken. Place the skillet in a 500 degree Fahrenheit oven and let the skillet heat!

whole chicken in cast iron skillet pan with olive oil and salt and pepper

Once you have prepared the chicken, gently place the whole chicken in the skillet and roast in the 500-degree oven for 15 minutes.

Then, lower the oven to 350 degrees and continue to roast for another 30-40 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and a meat thermometer reads 160 -165 degrees.

Continue checking the chicken so it doesn’t overcook or burn.

roast chicken in cast iron pan

How to Use a Meat Thermometer

When using a meat thermometer for poultry, place it in the inner thigh of the chicken, near the breast but not touching the bone.

Try an instant-read digital thermometer. They’re not oven-safe, but you can quickly check the temp once the end cooking time is near.

The chicken is cooked when the thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

whole roasted chicken

Cast Iron Skillet

I can’t even express how much I LOVE my cast iron skillet! You can literally cook anything from cakes, frittatas to a whole roast chicken in it! They are so versatile.

If you don’t have one, we recommend just a classic 12 inch Lodge cast iron. You can buy them here for $30 and it will literally last forever if properly cared for.

Read our guide for cleaning and seasoning your cast iron skillet.

Whole roasted chicken in cast iron pan

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Salt and Pepper Roast Chicken

Super simple roast chicken recipe using 4 ingredients and a cast iron pan!
4.82 from 16 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 696kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 4 pound whole chicken, free-range organic
  • 7 tbsp olive oil, good quality olive oil
  • 3 tbsp pepper, freshly ground is best
  • 2 tbsp salt, kosher

Instructions

  • Preheat the cast-iron skillet while you prepare the chicken. Place the skillet in a 500 degree Fahrenheit oven and let the skillet heat!
  • Rub the entire chicken, front and back, legs, thighs… every inch with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  • Remove the hot skillet from the oven to place the whole chicken in it.
  • Place the skillet and chicken back in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. The chicken will become a very nice dark, golden brown.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook the chicken for another 30-40 minutes until the chicken is a nice, golden, crispy brown color.
  • Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature, read more below.
  • The chicken is cooked when the thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can remove at 160 and it will continue to cook to 165.
  • Remove and let it sit for a minute. Spoon the juice on the bottom of the pan over the chicken.

Notes

Organic whole chicken is going to be thebest quality and taste. 
Use a 3-4 pound chicken
Check the chicken often when it’s cooking.
The juice is the best sauce! Use it when serving the chicken.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 3642mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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