Prep: 1. Preheat oven to 400 and line a roasting/baking pan with foil. Make: 1. Place the chicken in the baking pan, leg side down, and rub with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. 2. Bake for 15 minutes, plus 20 minutes per pound of chicken (1 hour and 15 minutes for a 3 pound chicken). Chicken is done when juices run clear and a meat thermometer placed in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165.
The easiest way to roast a chicken and SO good. We love to make this a one-pot meal by tossing any veggies or potatoes we want as a side with a little olive oil and placing them in the bottom of the baking dish and then putting the chicken on top. This saves on dishes, and allows more air to circulate around the chicken for more even cooking, win win!