Ranch Dutch Oven Roast Chicken in Oven Bag

The Dutch Oven Roast Chicken seasoned with Ranch flavor is easy to prep AND clean up thanks to heatproof oven bags! Thanks so much to Reynolds for sponsoring today’s recipe.

This tender and juicy dutch oven roast chicken is seasoned with Ranch flavor and turns out perfectly every time!

Are you gearing up for the big feast this week? I talked to a friend yesterday, and she is expecting 17 people at her house for Thanksgiving. That’s a lot of people! I can only imagine the size of her turkey. I know you might have even more at your holiday gathering, but what if your crowd is much smaller, like only a few people?

If you don’t need 20 pounds of poultry, you might like to try a roast chicken instead of turkey. This ranch roasted chicken recipe could be a small-scale holiday dinner, but it’s so easy that it could also be an anytime meal!

When I was invited to share a recipe using Reynolds Oven Bags, I thought about showing you how to roast a turkey, but Reynolds has already done an amazing job of that. I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so I decided to bring you an easy dinner recipe that you can enjoy any time instead of just once or twice a year.

Roasting your chicken in an oven-safe bag gives a perfectly juicy bird every time!

This dutch oven roast chicken recipe is fun and easy to cook and makes a perfect dinner for a weeknight (if you have time to bake it) or a special occasion! A whole chicken is marinated in milk and ranch seasoning, then baked with baby red potatoes and carrots. The cleanup is minimal thanks to Reynolds Oven Bags, plus baking the chicken in the heatproof, nylon bag makes for a perfectly moist bird!

I used my cast iron dutch oven for this recipe, but you could also use an enamel or stainless steel pot. My favorite gadget for roasting meat is a programmable probe thermometer (as seen in the video above). You poke the thermometer into the deepest part of the bird (or whatever cut of meat you are baking), and then set it to alarm when it reaches the desired temperature. No more guessing or missing the ideal temperature. The alarm tells you when it’s time to pull your chicken out of the oven!

Reynolds BPA-free and FDA-approved oven bags lock in moisture while your food cooks to ensure a perfect result every time. I thought maybe the chicken would look kind of pale since it was roasting in the bag, but clearly I had no need to worry! The skin still browns nicely in the bag, and it couldn’t have turned out any better. The ranch seasoning adds a nice zing to the chicken and vegetables, and I think this meal will be a hit with your family.

This tender and juicy dutch oven roast chicken is seasoned with Ranch flavor and turns out perfectly every time!

If you are looking for more perfectly easy and delicious recipes, head on over to Reynolds Kitchens’ collection of Easy Family Meals made in their handy oven bags. They even have a pasta recipe that cooks right in your oven!! I’m going to try that one next. Which recipes look good to you?

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This perfectly juicy dutch oven roast chicken is seasoned with Ranch flavor and turns out perfectly every time!

Ranch Dutch Oven Roast Chicken in Oven Bag

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Baking your whole chicken in an oven bag keeps the meat moist and juicy and makes cleanup a snap!

  • Total Time: 6


Units Scale
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered Ranch seasoning mix (plus an extra teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 68 pounds whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (OK to substitute gluten-free flour)
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes quartered
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted


  1. In a bowl large enough to hold the entire chicken, whisk together milk, two tablespoons ranch seasoning, and salt.
  2. Rinse chicken, and submerge in the milk marinade. Try to get some of the milk inside the cavities of the chicken, and coat the bird completely. Lay bird breast-side down in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator for 2-24 hours before baking.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a dutch oven with a Reynolds large size oven bag. Sprinkle flour over the bottom of the bag.
  4. Pour vegetables into oven bag. Stir together melted butter and one teaspoon Ranch seasoning, and pour seasoned butter over the vegetables.
  5. Lift chicken out of marinade, and allow it to drip mostly dry. Place it on top of the vegetables in the oven bag. Close bag with nylon tie provided. Use scissors or a knife to cut six 1/2″ slits in the bag to allow steam to escape.
  6. If you have one, insert an oven-safe probe thermometer deep into the chicken thigh before placing the pot in the preheated oven. Cook until internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.
  7. Remove pot from oven, and allow to stand for 10 minutes before carefully cutting open the top of the bag. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a serving vessel, and carefully lift bag from dutch oven to discard.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Passive Time: 120
  • Cook Time: 90

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Thank you again to Reynolds for generously sponsoring this dutch oven roast chicken recipe.

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


7 years ago

Do you put the lid on the Dutch oven while it cooks?
Also, if I don’t have a thermometer, how long should it take to cook a 6-8 pound roaster?

8 years ago

I wanted to let you know that you have a wonderful website. There’s so many cooking websites but I keep coming back to yours because I really like the big pics and then a paragraph from you with your own intake on the recipe. Then there’s a special part of each of those paragraphs that you include bits and pieces of real life (two young boys & real life going on and OMG Mexican food) this is helpful to know your down to earth and realistic. Also the directive to the Reynolds oven bags was great can’t wait to try some of your recipes using them and my grandmothers dutch oven. I will let you know what my family and I think of the first Reynolds oven bag recipe we try, I think the first will be the Prime Rib for Christmas! I pray it turns out great lol, I’m sure it will.

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

You are too sweet, Cheryl! Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that you appreciate my recipes and the way I write my posts. Sometimes I worry that people think there are too many photos or that I talk too much and they just want to get to the recipe already. It makes me happy to know that you like my style, and I’m so grateful to have you as a reader! Thank you!

eat good 4 life
8 years ago

Wow, what an awesome meal. I haven’t roasted a chicken in for ever. So easy. I must do soon for sure!

Jake Tyler
8 years ago

Wow, this look delish!!! Yum!!! Can’t wait to try it!!!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Jake!!

8 years ago

I’m always looking for ways to make my life easier! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

Angie | BigBearsWife
8 years ago

YES to the ranch! I am crazy about chicken and ranch so I need this asap!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

I have kind of a problem with Ranch too. ;) Thank you, Angie!!

katerina @ diethood.com
8 years ago

This chicken looks amaazing!! I can’t wait to try it!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Katerina!!

8 years ago

This is a great way to keep your chicken moist when cooking in the oven!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Yes, the bags work so well!! Thank you, Sabrina :)

Erin @ The Speckled Palate
8 years ago

I love what you’ve done with this roasted chicken! You can’t beat one for a homey, comforting meal, and it’s so much easier than I always expect. I’ve never flavored mine with Ranch, and I cannot wait to do that now.

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Yes, it really is so easy to roast it whole, especially with the oven bags. Thank you, Erin!!

Meg @ With Salt and Wit
8 years ago

I am so making this for dinner next week!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

I think you’ll love it, Meg. Thank you!!

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