Spicy Roasted Chicken

My current FAVORITE way to prepare chicken - easy, flavorful, and virtually impossible to mess-up.

I love chicken. Ask anyone what my favorite food is - the answer will always be popcorn and/or ROTISSERIE CHICKEN. Here's a great tip right off the bat: if it's a crazy busy week, or you just do not feel like cooking (which is me every other week, especially in the middle of VA summer. You couldn't pay me enough to turn the oven on.) buy yourself 1-2 rotisserie chickens. Bring them home, de-bone them, and you're ready to go for the whole week. Eat it as-is, throw it in a sandwich, mix it into sauce or stew, soup, throw on top of a salad...the possibilities are endless. I also love throwing the carcasses in the crock pot with some veggies and make some bone broth.

When I DO cook, I like to keep the process simple. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love cooking. But work, family, pets, mental health, holidays, relationships, etc. etc. doesn't always make spending huge amounts of time cooking possible. So I've found that simplifying recipes, cooking processes, and focusing on versaitille dishes significantly reduces prep, cook, and cleanup time.

(As I get older I've really begun to appreciate simplicity. I'm all about streamlining my life right now.)

You will notice that my "measurements" are extremely in-precise and mostly non-existent. This is because this recipe is primarily used for meal prep, so I like to switch it up here and there with different seasonings. Like I said it's virtually impossible to mess this one up. So feel free to use whatever you have in your spice cabinet and pantry. The "recipe" below features my current favorite spice combination, but I'm always throwing something new in the mix. So don't be afraid to have fun!


-2 packs of chicken (approximately 4-5 pounds. I generally use skin-on bone-in chicken thigh, but use whatever cut is your favorite)

-Approximately 1/2 cup of olive oil

-Kosher salt

-Coarsely ground pepper

-Chili flakes

-Sweet paprika

-Garlic powder



1. Find yourself a very large baking sheet (with edges), and pre-heat the oven to 350-degrees.

2. Drizzle your baking sheet with olive oil.

3. Place the chicken in a single layer on top of the olive oil. Drizle another layer of olive oil, this time on top of the chicken.

4. Sprinkle salt, pepper, chili flakes, paprika, garlic powder, and turmeric all over the chicken.

5. Using your hands, rub the seasoning and olive oil into each piece of chicken. When complete, make sure each piece is skin-side down.

6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and skin is crispy.

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