Is it intimidated by a whole chicken? Don’t be! It’s surprisingly easy to make, and there’s nothing better than roast chicken leftovers. Great on salads, sandwiches, pasta, and more, roasted chicken is a classic dish that everyone should know how to make. And it’s not that difficult! Sure, it takes a little time, but it’s primarily hands-off cooking, so you can relax while it roasts. Plus, the result is always worth it. A perfectly roasted chicken has crisp, golden skin and juicy, flavorful meat. It’s a true classic that will never go out of style.
- Two whole chickens cut up with skin and bones on (about 3 pounds total)
- Two tablespoons of olive oil
- One teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about two lemons)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Toss chicken pieces with olive oil, salt, and half of the pepper in a large bowl.
- Transfer to a baking sheet or roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- Pour off some of the fat from the pan.
- Add lemon juice and remaining salt; stir well to combine.
- Add oregano and remaining pepper; stir to distribute seasoning evenly over chicken pieces.
- Cook until juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes more.
- Serve hot with rice or potatoes (optional).
When carving your chicken, always give it at least 15 minutes to rest. This will ensure a juicy bird that’s much easier to cut. For even more succulent results, take the chicken out of the fridge an hour before cooking to bring it up to room temperature. This rule applies to any meat you’re roasting. No need to worry about turning or basting your chicken as it burns. Yes, these can give good results, but they’re fiddly for the beginner; plus, you lose heat every time you open the oven.
THE IMPORTANT RULE TO ROAST CHICKEN
The best way to roast a chicken is to cook it for 1 hr 20 mins at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. This cooking time will always produce a perfect roast chicken, no matter what you stuff into it, rub or sprinkle it, or put it around it. So when you next roast a chicken, remember this cooking time and you’ll be guaranteed success.