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This cast iron chicken is full of rosemary and lemon flavor and perfect for dinner…

Cast Iron Chicken from Nutmeg Nanny

Chicken is one of my go to meals. It almost always pleases the hubby-to-be and can be made in no time. I found this recipe via Pinterest and I’m so very glad I gave it a try! I’m telling you, Pinterest is almost better than cookbook in my kitchen. So many tasty pictures, so little time. 

Cast Iron Chicken from Nutmeg Nanny

The crispy skin is probably my favorite part about this meal. Who doesn’t love crispy skin? If you are one of those weird people who refuse to eat skin you are missing out. It’s full of flavor and so crispy….it will knock your socks off!

Cast Iron Chicken from Nutmeg Nanny

Also, I made this dish earlier in the day and re-heated it for dinner and it still turned out perfect. No dry chicken in my house! Well, that’s not true. Sometimes there is dry chicken but not this chicken. I promise.

Cast Iron Chicken from Nutmeg Nanny

The bottom layer is full of soft potatoes and meaty mushrooms. You could use whole baby red potatoes for a nicer look but all I had were regular sized potatoes and it worked out fine. It’s totally up to you.

Cast Iron Chicken from Nutmeg Nanny


Cast Iron Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 min


  • 2 cups cubed yellow potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary leaves (plus 2 whole rosemary sprigs)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Juice of 2 lemons (save those squeezed halves!)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 10 ounces baby bella mushrooms

Slightly adapted from:Minimally Invasive


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

Fill a large pot with cold water and cut potatoes. Cook on high until potatoes are fork tender but not falling apart. When ready drain the potatoes and set aside.

On a cutting board finely mince rosemary leaves, garlic cloves, kosher salt and red pepper flakes. Mince together until a paste forms.

Add herb paste to a medium sized bowl and mix with juice of 1 lemon and olive oil. Add chicken and coat thoroughly.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet (mine is 12 inches) over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin-side down and cook until the skin is brown and crispy. Remove from the pan, add the mushrooms and potatoes and drizzle with any remaining chicken marinade and juice from the remaining lemon. Top with chicken, skin side up.

Add rosemary sprigs and squeezed lemon halves to skillet and roast, uncovered, until skin is crisp and chicken is cooked all the way through, about 25 minutes.

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Marrissa N

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

I made this on Sunday. I used one lemon, just for my taste preference. And even though my rosemary dicing skills are sorely lacking, the dish turned out AMAZING!!! My skeptical hubby and fast-food-junkie teen both loved it! This is definitely a keeper.

Melissa Costello

Tuesday 27th of March 2018

This is one of my favorite recipes. I found it years ago and have made it many many times. I plan to make it for brunch but I wanted to omit the potatoes and mushrooms and just do the chicken (we have other side dishes). Do you think it will be okay to bake the chicken directly on the cast iron pan or should i just cook a few potatoes for the sake of propping the chicken up? Any advice is welcomed!!


Monday 16th of April 2018

Hi Melissa! I'm so sorry it took me so long to reply! Yes, you can totally just cook it right in the pan. The bottom will get a little browned as well but that is ok.


Thursday 29th of January 2015

My family and I LOVED this. There are so many layers of different flavors from the crispiness of the chicken skin, to the meaty mushrooms, the rosemary infused potatoes. Everything had a wonderful citrus, rosemary, and garlic flavor! I cook ALOT, I try new recipes each week and this is by far one of my favorites in the last 6 months! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!


Friday 30th of January 2015

Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for letting me know your family enjoyed the dish. I'm so happy :) This is definitely a favorite in our house as well!

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Lee Aidt

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

I made this tonight in the cast iron skillet I got for Christmas. Everyone loved it!!! I just wanted to say thank you because I've never been able to get the skin as crispy as I want, but it was crispy AND flavorful! Thanks again!