Prep Time: 30-40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour – 1.5 hours depending on size of chicken
- Whole chicken – cut into 8 pieces (1.5l-2lb)
- 3 carrots
- 3-4 potatoes (any type)
- 1 large onion
- 1 tbsp of rosemary
- 1 tbsp of thyme
- 1 tbsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of cayenne powder (optional)
- 2 tbsp of salt
- 1 tbsp of pepper
- 2 tbsp of olive oil or 2 tbsp of room temperature butter
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
- Cut the chicken into the 8 serving size pieces of chicken you usually find – 2 halves of the chicken breast, 2 thighs, 2 legs, and 2 wings
- if you need help butchering a whole chicken here is a link to to a video. If you want to cut the prep time in half you can just buy the pre-cut chickens
- Peel and cut the carrots and potatoes into 1/2 inch chunks and place them at the bottom of a 11″x 7″x 2″ baking dish
- Cut the onion into similar rustic sizes and place them at the bottom of the dish as well
- Toss the vegetables lightly with olive oil and sprinkle 1 tbsp of salt and 1/2 tbsp of pepper generously on the vegetables. Mix well
- Place the 8 pieces of chicken on top of the vegetables and rub it with the butter. The butter will give keep the chicken moist and give the skin a crunchy texture. Season the pieces with the rest of the spices! The cayenne powder is completely optional, it gives the chicken a really nice kick of heat without being overwhelming.
- Put it in the middle rack in the oven and back for about 1 hour (depending on size of chicken and heating of your oven). Check occasionally to see if the chicken is doing okay.
- After 1 hour, allow the chicken to rest and cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into it – the juices in the chicken will redistribute and keep it moist!
- If you like your veggies more crispy set the chicken aside on a plate and continue to roast the veggies for another 10-15 minutes
- I always like to roast vegetables along with a type of meat because the veggies create a nice bed in the baking dish for you to place the meat on top of. Any of the oil that drips from the meat, in this case chicken, will be mixed in with the vegetables and add extra flavor!
- For an even healthier alternative, you can substitute the pieces of dark meat with only chicken breast