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Easy One-pan Roast Chicken & Vegetables

Chicken & Vegetable Tray Bake

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Easy One-pan Roast Chicken & Vegetables is the ultimate cosy, nourishing family meal, made with simple ingredients. Prep is quick and easy, then the oven does the hard work in cooking the beautifully seasoned chicken until tender and juicy. 

  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 3 cm ( inch) pieces
  • 2 red onions, peeled and quartered
  • 6 potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 free-range chicken (1.21.8 kg/2.64 lb), patted dry with a paper towel
  • 1 tsp chicken stock (bouillon) powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thick slices of fresh lemon
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (180°C/350°F fan).
  2. Place the carrot and red onion in the centre of a large baking dish or roasting pan. Arrange the potatoes around the outside of the dish.
  3. Place the chicken on top of the carrot and onion.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken and vegetables with the chicken stock powder, salt, paprika, 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. Bake for 45 minutes, then add the water. Use a spatula to shuffle the vegetables around the chicken gently so they are not sticking to the base of the pan.
  7. Cook for 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). If you’re cooking more than one chicken, see note 2. 
  8. Serve the chicken alongside the vegetables and drizzle with the pan juices.

Notes

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 still delicious, and you will be left with perfectly cooked chicken every time. If you are cooking two chickens at the same time, you will likely need to add 15–20 minutes to the overall cooking time. To find out how to truss a chicken, watch this video.

Note 2 – If you’re cooking two chickens in the same oven simultaneously, they technically don’t need more time. However, if the chickens are crowded in the baking dish or roasting pan, there is less chance for air to circulate evenly and your chicken therefore will need to cook for longer. I generally add 15-20 minutes to the total cooking time when roasting two whole chickens in one baking dish.

MAKE AHEAD

Marinate the chicken for up to 48 hours before cooking.

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave. The chicken can be eaten cold. Not suitable to freeze.

Leftover ideas: 

  1. Chicken Noodle Salad with Sesame Soy Dressing
  2. Chicken Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing
  3. Chicken Sandwich Filling
  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: oven bake