How To Roast Chicken Pieces
Roasting chicken pieces is a great way to enjoy a delicious and savory meal. Whether you prefer the crispy skin or tender juicy meat, roasting chicken pieces is an easy and versatile cooking method that can be tailored to your personal preference. In this article, we will walk you through the steps to roast chicken pieces to perfection.
Gathering Your Ingredients
Before you start cooking, you will need to gather the necessary ingredients:
- Chicken pieces (thighs, legs, wings, or breasts)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
- Dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, or oregano)
Preparing Your Chicken Pieces
Once you have all your ingredients ready, it's time to prepare the chicken pieces for roasting:
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C).
- Rinse the chicken pieces under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Place the chicken pieces in a roasting pan or baking sheet.
- Drizzle olive oil over the chicken pieces, and use your hands to rub it all over.
- Season the chicken pieces generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried herbs.
For extra flavor, you can also add sliced onions, carrots, or potatoes to the roasting pan.
Do not overcrowd the pan, as this will prevent the chicken from crisping up properly.
Roasting Your Chicken Pieces
Now that your chicken pieces are seasoned and ready, it's time to roast them in the oven:
- Place the roasting pan in the oven, and roast for 25-30 minutes (for chicken wings) or 35-40 minutes (for chicken thighs, legs, or breasts), or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
- Halfway through cooking, take the pan out of the oven and use tongs to turn the chicken pieces over, so they cook evenly.
- Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken pieces are fully cooked and safe to eat.
If the chicken skin is not crispy enough, turn on the broiler for an additional 2-3 minutes until it reaches your desired level of crispiness.
Serving Your Chicken Pieces
Roasted chicken pieces are delicious on their own or paired with your favorite side dishes. Here are some ideas:
- Serve with roasted vegetables
- Pair with mashed potatoes
- Wrap in a tortilla with some greens and dressing for a chicken wrap
- Add to a salad for some extra protein
Roasting chicken pieces may seem intimidating at first, but with the right ingredients and technique, it can be a simple and delicious meal. Follow our steps for perfectly seasoned and juicy roasted chicken pieces every time.