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Skillet Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Calories: 629
Roasted Chicken With taco seasoning over Cabbage in a skillet

Yet another super smart recipe that combines two of our favorite things—a spatchcocked chicken and homemade taco seasoning—to make a 3-ingredient dinner everyone will adore.

The Simplest Whole Roasted Chicken = The Simplest One-Pan Dinner

What’s easier than a roast chicken recipe? How about a roast chicken recipe that includes a cabbage in the roasting pan—or, in this case, skillet—so that when you pull that roast chicken out of the oven you don’t just have a gorgeous bird, you’ve got an entire, healthy, one-pan supper? If you’ve lived your whole life without roasting a bird, it’s not too late to learn. Few things compare to the ease and luxury of offering your friends and family a whole bird on a weeknight. This particular skillet roasted chicken is one of our very favorite chicken recipes—it’s so simple, and it (brilliantly) uses the delicious juices that drip out of the spatchcocked chicken as it roasts to season and braise the bed of shredded cabbage underneath the chicken. Efficiency, tidy, beautiful, this is a dinner that almost makes itself. In other words, a weeknight cook’s dream.

a head of green cabbage sliced in half
a raw spatchcocked chicken coated in taco seasoning over shredded cabbage in a cast iron skillet

Wait, A 3-Ingredient Dinner? That’s Actually Delicious?!

Yep! Give us olive oil and salt for free—that seems fair right?—and you’ve got yourself a three-ingredient recipe! The whole chicken is the workhorse here—or should we say work-chicken? You see, a spatchcocked chicken in a cast iron skillet in the oven gets crispy skin on the outside, juicy-tender on the inside. It’s perfection. Because it’s spatchcocked, you can be certain that it’s going to cook really evenly. Cabbage is a perfect partner, it really soaks up all the drippings.

  • A whole spatchcocked chicken
  • A head of cabbage
  • Taco seasoning
Roasted Chicken With taco seasoning over Cabbage in a skillet

How To Make Skillet Roasted Chicken

Our goal with this chicken recipe was to create maximum chicken surface area to cover the cabbage as it roasts in the oven. Basically, you should think of the spatchcocked chicken as a blanket cooking your shredded cabbage to perfection. If “spatchcocking” is not a term you’re familiar with, fear not! Spatchcocking a chicken is not an advanced cooking technique and you can learn how to do it HERE. If you want to turn this one pan dinner into something a little heartier, mix some cubed potatoes in with the cabbage and let the chicken drippings do their work. Here’s how to cook chicken in a cast iron skillet:

  1. Spatchcock the chicken! Or, if you have a very nice butcher, ask them to do it for you.
  2. Put the shredded cabbage in large cast iron skillet.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and salt.
  4. Lay the spatchcocked chicken on top.
  5. Sprinkle a bunch of taco seasoning all over that chicken!
  6. Roast! It’ll take about an hour, but the best way to check for doneness is to watch for an internal temperature of 165°F.
Roasted Chicken With taco seasoning over Cabbage in a skillet

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More Wonderful Ways to Cook a Whole Chicken

We recently realized that there’s a part of our brain that autofills a picture of a whole roast chicken when someone says the word “dinner”. The two ideas are just sort of synonymous, right? Here are four more terrific whole chicken recipes to try:

Cut up whole Roasted Chicken With taco seasoning and braised Cabbage on a serving platter

One Pan Dinners, To The Rescue!

We hope you’re as into this recipe as we are, and that it saves you some fuss at dinnertime, too. If you make it, let us know how you like it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Skillet Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Calories: 629



  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Add shredded cabbage to a large cast iron skillet, braiser or roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Top cabbage mixture with spatchcocked chicken. Generously coat chicken with taco seasoning rub and place in oven.
  3. Cook for 50-60 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove meat from bird or quarter bird and serve on the bone along side braised cabbage.

* For a heartier meal, cube potatoes and combine with cabbage while cooking.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 629
  • Protein 89 g
  • Carbohydrates 7 g
  • Total Fat 24 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 269 mg
  • sodium 1010 mg
  • Total Sugars 4 g

Skillet Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

Questions & Reviews

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  • C terrell

    Is thepan covered while baking?

    It is not!

  • Katie C

    I recently have started a love affair with cabbage and also baked chicken... wouldn’t have thought to put both together! Added it to my meal plan this week

    It's perfect with tortillas, rice and beans!

  • Anna B.

    We had this last night for dinner and seriously loved it! I couldn't stop eating it while we were cleaning up. I thought I needed the potatoes to make it heartier, but I don't think they were even needed the cabbage was so good. We can't wait to try it again! I also salted my chicken in the morning and let it sit in fridge all day, then I left salt out of the taco seasoning. Highly recommend!

    Thank you so much Anna, we are so happy that you loved it!

  • Rebecca Mortimer

    Excellent! Sooo good! And the spatchcocked chicken is the only way to go.

    Thanks Rebecca! Glad you loved it!

  • Nicole

    This was the first time I ever roasted a whole chicken in my life and it was so easy! I always have some of your taco seasoning on hand and had access to some nice kitchen shears so I thought, "now's the time". It was easy and so delicious and (the best part) more than enough food to last my partner and I through the week. My favorite part was how crispy the top layer of cabbage got. I love cabbage anyway but that was truly the tastiest cabbage I've ever eaten. Can't wait to try your other whole roast chicken recipes!

    Thanks Nicole! Great job trying something new and we love that you got a new skill out of it! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Trish Darbonne

    So good and so easy! I made this exactly like the recipe and we loved it. Taco seasoning is great on chicken and something I always have on hand. I look forward to trying some additions or substitutions to your recipe, as well. My husband liked the idea of adding potatoes, but I think the possibilities are endless. I've seen talk of spatchcocked birds, but you made me buy the kitchen shears and give it a try. What a time saver!

    Glad you loved it! We hope those shears treat you well. I use mine endlessly!

  • Ashley

    Absolutely delicious! It has become a family favorite! Thanks 😊

    Yes! It's on rotation in our homes too!