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Skillet Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

June 12, 2024

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.


a platter of roasted chicken cut in quarters served on top of cabbage with lime wedges
Photography by Gayle McLeod

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.

whole chicken, salt, olive oil, taco seasoning and shredded cabbage in prep bowls

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
shredded cabbage tossed with olive oil and seasoned with salt in a cast iron skillet
a spatchcocked chicken on top of shredded cabbage seasoned with olive oil and salt in a cast iron skillet
taco seasoning being robbed on a a spatchcocked chicken on top of shredded cabbage seasoned with  salt in a cast iron skillet
a roasted spatchcocked seasoned with taco seasoning on top of 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 in our How to Spatchcock a Chicken article.

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.
a roasted chicken cut in quarters served on top of roasted cabbage on a platter

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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:

a platter of roasted chicken cut in quarters served on top of cabbage with lime wedges

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!

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Skillet Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  1 hr
  • Calories: 486



  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.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories486
  • Protein64 g
  • Carbohydrates6 g
  • Total Fat21 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol240 mg
  • sodium1064 mg
  • Total Sugars5 g

Skillet Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

Questions & Reviews

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  • Lisa

    If in a hurry, would a couple bags of coleslaw mix work for the cabbage or would it be sliced too thinly?

    It would probably work fine!

  • Anna

    How long would you cook a 6 pound chicken with this recipe?

    15-20 minutes per pound so about 90-120 minutes. Check with a meat thermometer after 90 minutes. Once up to temperature you can take it out. Hope you enjoy Anna!

  • Joshua

    We'd like to try this in our brasier. Should we use the cover, or no?

    No cover, hope you enjoy Josh, this is one of our FAVORITES!

  • Janet

    How many potatoes? And, cubed what size, please?

    Hi Janet. you can use 2-3 potatoes diced in 1 inch cubes.

  • C

    Is thepan covered while baking?

    It is not!

  • Bob

    My wife and I both work. This is perfect for Monday nights. Only change we make is using Kinder’s Butcher Block spices on the chicken.

    Thanks Bob, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Suzanne

    Holy cow what is this magic??!! I made it tonight exactly as the recipe states and I am totally amazed!! I can’t believe these few ingredients made such a delectable dish!! Wow… just wow. We will definitely be putting this dinner into the rotation!

    Thanks Suzanne, this is one of our favorites! We are so happy you loved it!

  • Phyllis

    This is the fourth time I have made this. Since it is just my husband and myself, I have chosen to use chicken pieces. Tonight, I am using bone in thighs. This is a delicious and easy recipe.

    Thanks Phyllis, we are so glad you both enjoy this one so much!

  • Kelley

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. Hard to believe something this easy can be so good and healthy!

    Thank you Kelley, we are so glad you loved it! This is one of our all time favorite meals!

  • Liz

    So easy. So delicious. Served with mashed potatoes. . Leftover chicken will be pot pie and cabbage which I added celery and carrots is lunch today with some black beans. This is definitely a repeat recipe. The next time I will serve with mashed sweet potatoes with chipotle in adobo.

    Thank you Liz, we are so glad you loved it and are going to make it again! Mashed sweet potatoes sound like a delicious side for this recipe!