By Khalil Hymore for TheNest.com
Roast chicken is what I make when I don't really feel like cooking at all. It's the easiest weeknight meal. After about five minutes of prep work, plus an hour of roasting (which lets me play Legos with my two-year-old daughter), I end up with a delicious and satisfying dinner that's supremely comforting.
Roast chicken is also an essential recipe to master-you should memorize it! You can make basic roast chicken with just four simple ingredients: chicken, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Or you can dress it up a number of ways. Think of it as the little black dress of dinners-it can be infinitely accessorized.
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Try it tonight with my step-by-step instructions (and photos), below:
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Choose a roasting dish. You can roast your chicken in any kind of pan you want, as long as the bird fits. I've roasted chickens on a rack in a roasting pan and in a large oven-proof skillet, but my hands down favorite way
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