Chicken & Vegetable Tray Bake

Chicken and Vegetable Traybake
There is nothing like a nourishing, baked meal and this is one of the easiest dinners to prepare with maximum flavour. It is what I would call the ultimate tray bake. Do not be swayed by the cook time, after a few simple steps, the oven does all of the hard work for you. The chicken seasoning is simple and it's the method of cooking the chicken in the same tray as the carrots, red onion and potatoes that makes this Chicken and Vegetable Tray Bake really special. The vegetables caramelise, the juices seep into the potatoes, the chicken is cooked perfectly and you are left with something truly delicious with minimal effort.
Ingredients
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 red onions, peeled and quartered
  • 6 potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 free range chicken (1.2kg-1.8kg), patted dry with paper towel
  • 1 tbsp chicken stock powder
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thick slices of fresh lemon
  • 1 cup water
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced.
  2. Place the carrots and red onions in the centre of a large baking dish. Arrange the potatoes around the outside of the baking dish.
  3. Place the chicken on top of the carrots and red onions.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken and vegetables all over with the chicken stock powder, paprika, dried thyme and pepper.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and use your hands to coat the chicken and vegetables evenly. Stuff the lemon slices into the cavity of the chicken. You can truss the chicken at this point if you wish (optional, see note 1).
  6. Oven bake for 45 minutes and then add 1 cup of water. Use a spatula to gently shuffle the vegetables around the chicken so they are not sticking to the base of the pan.
  7. Cook a further 45 minutes. Allow the chicken and vegetables to rest with the heat off for at least 15 minutes (this is what ensures the chicken is soft and juicy).
  8. Serve the chicken alongside the vegetables and drizzled with the pan juices.

Note 1 – You may choose to truss the chicken which traps moisture and also presents well, but this is optional. The results without trussing are absolutely delicious and you will be left with perfectly cooked chicken every time.

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