Irish Chicken

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Irish Chicken with Cabbage, Potatoes, Bacon and Onions

Irish Chicken with Cabbage, Potatoes, Bacon and Onions

Irish Chicken

Here’s an alternative dish for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s Irish Chicken with Cabbage, Potatoes, Bacon and Onions. I can’t begin to tell you how good this was. It’s all cooked in one pan and then after assembling, into the oven it goes.

The chicken is rolled in a spice mixture of thyme, onion powder, garlic, sweet paprika, salt and pepper. I rolled the chicken in the spice and let it set while I cooked the bacon. By the time it was done I had prepped all of the vegetables so this dish does go together quickly. I assembled everything I needed ahead of time which saved a lot of time.

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Irish Chicken
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Serves: Serves 4
Irish Chicken with Cabbage, Potatoes, Bacon and Onions
  • 1 whole chicken - cut into parts
  • ½ head of cabbage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 potatoes
  • 4 slices thick bacon
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoons thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix together rub ingredients. Roll the chicken pieces in the spices and set aside.
  3. Fry the bacon. When cooked put on a paper towel to drain. Drain most of the bacon grease from the pan, leaving enough to brown the chicken in. (you can also use olive oil if desired) Quickly brown the chicken pieces. When browned set aside on a plate.
  4. While the chicken is browning, roughly chop the cabbage. Then slice the onion into thin slices. Next peel the potatoes and slice into rounds. When the chicken is browned, add the cabbage to the pan with ¼ cup water, after a few minutes mix in the potatoes and onions. Take off of the heat.
  5. Cut the bacon into pieces and sprinkle over the cabbage mixture.
  6. Add the chicken pieces on top of cabbage mixture. Place the pan in the oven and cook until the chicken is done, about 45 - 50 minutes for all to cook. The juices from the chicken will help to cook the cabbage and potatoes.

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  1. says

    Mary Ellen, I can’t wait to try this recipe, I’ve got all the ingredients in the fridge right now. It’s got all my favorite stuff! Thanks in advance I’ll let you know how we liked it! (I know I’ll like this dish, Fred’s not too crazy about cabbage, but I AM, MORE FOR ME!)

  2. says

    Mary Ellen, We just finished supper. Great recipe (as predicted Fred didn’t eat the cabbage). Had to fudge a little only had one little potato left (thought I had more), but about a quarter of a bag of has browns. So I baked a potato for Fred and mixed the other with the cabbage. Yum. I’ve got leftovers so am gonna throw a fried egg on the rest of my (yes, MINE) cabbage for breakfast! Thank you, thank you…

  3. Bobbi says

    I pinned this recipe a month ago and made it for the first time this evening. I don’t comment on recipes often but wanted to stop by to say this made for a lovely meal. The chicken skin is so crispy and flavorful and the caramelized onion and cabbage is a great accompaniment. Three of us devoured it and even my two certified cabbage haters still adored the chicken and potatoes. Love the leftovers with fried egg recommendation. May have to try that. I am currently making stock with the left over chicken bones and also considered pureeing the left over veg in the broth for a hearty base for chicken soup. Thank you for this recipe.

  4. says

    I made this last night and I was very happy with how it turned out! I used a package of chicken legs in place of the whole chicken. It was very good! I will definitely be making this again!

  5. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says

    The color on that chicken tho! Lovely Mary Ellen! That crispy skin must be heaven and the chicken so juicy. Will have to try this one for sure.

  6. Sarah says

    I pinned this recipe a while ago and made it for dinner with great success! I was hoping to make it again, but it won’t show the actual recipe anymore. Is something wrong with your site? I loved this and definitely want to make it again!

      • Phyllis Sherwin says

        Thank you for answering the questions about covering the pan in the oven. That seems to be lacking in the recipe. My chicken is cooking away in the oven as i type and it was only after I put it in there did I see this comment about covering the pan. Whew. It looked so good when it went in that I sure didn’t want to dry it out. It smells really good.
        Hope you correct the recipe if the lid is truly necessary.

  7. Angie says

    Could boneless chicken be substituted for the whole chicken? I was thinking of making this with either boneless chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs (maybe even a mixture). Was it a 4-5 lb chicken you used?

    I am looking for a healthier option than the corned beef.


    • says

      Hope this one helps. I used a 4-5 lb. chicken. You could use either of those pieces but I would change the baking time depending on the size of pieces you are using.

  8. Emmy says

    I just made this recipe for St. Patty’s day this year. I cut it down a bit (used 2 chicken breasts, 1/4 a cabbage, 1/2 onion, and 2 potatoes and cooked it for 35 mins. It was delicious and perfect for me and my boyfriend! I would definitely make this again!

  9. Deb says

    Was wondering if you could make this recipe in the crockpot with a whole chicken from frozen and how I would go about it if so

  10. says

    Wow, amazing. I tried this recipe on a somewhat lazy day, I wanted a healthy nutritious meal with the cabbage I was trying to use.
    I thought I can do this…and i did . It was the most delicious meal …and complete in one roaster, with an abundance of flavor and aroma. …
    We went back for seconds, and I will be incorporating this into my family meals on a regular. ?????

  11. Jen says

    I made this last night as we were looking for a different chicken recipe – It went down a real treat!

  12. says

    We love this recipe! I got kind of bored with our standard go-to recipes so our family has been doing “recipes from around the world” to spice things up. We used yours for Irish night and my kids LOVE IT!!! We make it at least once a month now ??
    Thank you!!!

  13. Angie says

    Just finished this lovely meal. Love it and it will be a ‘go to’ for family style dinners.

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