Of course it takes a bit of time to roast a chicken, but after a few minutes of prep work, your job is done until it's time to eat. It's seriously easy. There are no fancy steps or prebrowning or post-waiting. Prep, roast, eat. That's it!
For an average family of four, a 3-4 pound chicken easily provides two meals. So for 20 minutes of active work in the kitchen, you knock out the healthy protein portion of two meals. You only need to add a couple of simple sides, and voila -- dinner is served!
If you want to cook your sides at the same time, try this recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken with Potatoes.
Buying a whole chicken could be less than half the cost of buying precut parts, especially if you typically buy boneless and skinless chicken. The beauty of roasting a chicken is that the bones and skin help retain moisture and add flavor. Once roasted, you can peel away the skin if you don't eat it, and the meat will be so tender it comes right off the bones.
Leftover roast chicken can be transformed into so many yummy, 20-minute meals! Here are a few favorites:
Still looking for tasty ideas? Check out all seven seasoning options for this basic Roast Chicken recipe!