Crispy Roast Chicken

The crispy golden roast chook. A classic if ever there was one. Crispy golden roast anything is always good but I am partial to a nice chicken roast with the trimmings. Like a lot of seemingly simple looking recipes the perfect roast chicken eluded me for many years. Over done, under done, skin not crispy, and so on it went. This, then, is the winning recipe and super easy to boot. A hot oven and a well seasoned or marinated bird spatchcocked flat and that’s it. Throw some vegies into the pan about half way through and dinner is served.

No ingredients or method is needed for this. Just take one chicken, cut down the spine and flatten the breast bone, season or marinate for an hour or so, and whack it into a hot oven. As for cooking time I stick to the rule of 30 minutes per 500 g in an oven pre-heated to about 200 C. I also like to throw some aromatics into the pan, usually things like onion, lemon, fennel, whole heads of garlic, and bay leaves. Later on I like to squeeze the flesh from the garlic skins and spread the sweetened garlic puree on some crusty bread. {You see now why I have a gym membership?}

 Suggested marinades or spice rubs:

  • Portuguese style: chilli {fresh or dried}, smoked paprika, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice.
  • Middle Eastern style: ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, salt, pepper, crushed garlic.
  • Mediterranean style: salt, pepper, olive oil, oregano, basil, lemon juice.
  • Asian style: five spice powder, honey, soy.
  • Fennel seeds, garlic cloves, salt, peppercorns, smoked paprika, and olive oil ground in a mortar and pestle.

Some vegies that work well roasted alongside:

  • potatoes sliced into wedges
  • asparagus
  • sweet potato
  • pumpkin
  • baby carrots
  • shallot onions
  • cauliflower
  • baby peppers
  • large flat mushrooms

Bon apetit.

  1. Looks like the perfect chicken. The veggies yummm. I had a tomatoes & mushrooms pan cooked in butter(…not so healthy) tonight and was dying for potatoes like that.


    1. I’ve always loved baked potatoes, soft or crispy, any which way. Love the vegetables on the side more than the main meat part.


  2. Oh roast chicken with mushrooms and tomatoes on the side!!! Amazing! Can you come over and cook this for me??? Puh-leeeeze!!!


    1. Lol, believe it or not I’m actually working on being able to cook for a lot of people, secret plans are being made as we speak!


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