How To Make the Easiest Baked Chicken
Serves 8 to 10
- 3 to 5 pounds
mixed chicken parts (bone-in, skin-on if using chicken breasts)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon
Preheat the oven to 400°F: Pat the chicken dry using paper towels and transfer to a mixing bowl.
Toss the chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper: Start with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add more if needed to coat each piece. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until the pieces are evenly seasoned.
Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet: Transfer the seasoned chicken pieces to a baking sheet and arrange them skin-up in a single layer with a bit of space between each piece.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes: The chicken is done when opaque all the way through and the meat registers at least 165°F in the thickest part.
Broil for extra-crispy skin: If you'd like the skin to be a bit more crispy and golden, turn on the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Monitor the chicken closely and remove the tray when the skin is as crispy as you like it.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for 3 months.