roast chicken with potatoes, apples, and brown cabbage in a cast iron pot
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Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Apples, and Brown Cabbage

Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Apples and Brown Cabbage ~ this cozy Scandinavian chicken dinner recipe is the ultimate hygge meal
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
marinate1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 4 servings




  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp allspice berries
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt or kosher salt


  • 2 lbs chicken parts, I used 2 whole legs (leg and thigh attached) and 2 large thighs, all bone in, skin on
  • olive oil (or butter)
  • 12 ounces Dutch Pee Wee potatoes, halved (don't peel) .
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into wedges (don't peel)

brown cabbage

  • 2 lb head of green cabbage
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp carraway seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch tyme springs, tied in a bundle
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, or to taste


  • Grind the first 4 spices together in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. Mix in the salt.
  • Rub the spices all over the chicken parts, and then cover and refrigerate for an hour. You can also leave it overnight if you like.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • Arrange the chicken, skin side up, in a single layer in a large roasting pan. Brush the chicken lightly with olive oil and roast for 45 minutes, basting several times. If you don't get enough juices to baste, melt some butter on the top of the chicken to get it going.
  • Add the potatoes to the pot, making sure to baste with some of the juices. Roast for another 30 minutes, basting occasionally. Add the apples and cook for another 15 minutes, basting occasionally.
  • Serve the chicken alongside the cabbage.

brown cabbage

  • While the chicken cooks, make the cabbage. Cut the cabbage in half, and remove the core. Slice into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan and cook until it starts to turn golden brown. Add the sugar and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to melt the sugar into a light brown caramel sauce.
  • Add the cabbage, spices and herbs and mix well. Lower the heat, cover, and let it cook for about 30 minutes, just until the cabbage is tender but still firm, stirring often. Remove the herb bundle and the bay leaves. Season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.


This recipe is adapted from Scandinavian Comfort Food