How To Cook The Best Weeknight Roast Chicken. Love roast chicken but never have time to cook it? With my simple method, now you do.
The Best Weeknight Roast Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Love roast chicken but never have time to cook it? With my simple method for the best weeknight roast chicken, now you do. Just add some easy sides for a truly delicious midweek meal.

Servings: 4 adults
Calories: 330 kcal
Author: Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas
  • 4 pieces free-range or organic chicken legs drumstick and thigh
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan forced).
  2. Place an oven proof rack over an oven dish or baking tray.
  3. Rub the chicken pieces with olive oil. Make sure you get the underside as well.
  4. Liberally season your chicken with salt & pepper, on both the top and bottom.
  5. Position the chicken pieces on the rack so they are not touching and then place the rack in the oven.
  6. Cook for 45 minutes to one hour, until the chicken is well browned, the juices run clear and the meat has started to pull away from the bone.
  7. Remove from the oven.
  8. If serving immediately, allow to rest for 5 minutes in a warm place whilst you assemble the remainder of the meal.
  9. Otherwise allow to cool and use as required.
Recipe Notes

The time taken to roast your chicken pieces will vary slightly depending on the size of your meat and the efficiency of your oven. I use large free-range chicken pieces and these are usually done within the hour.

Your meat is cooked when the juices contain no sign of blood and when the meat has started to pull away from the drumstick. Overcooking will give you dry meat.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Weeknight Roast Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 123
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.7g 21%
Cholesterol 233mg 78%
Sodium 235.5mg 10%
Protein 48.7g 97%
Vitamin A 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.