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Juicy Oven Roasted Chicken Pieces

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These juicy oven-roasted chicken pieces are the perfect weeknight meal paired with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or cilantro rice. It’s a beautiful centerpiece for your dinner table and is the best way to use a whole chicken.

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This roasted chicken has become one of my family’s favorite chicken recipes. The chicken is juicy and seasoned, my family loves it. For this recipe, I use mayonnaise to spread on the chicken pieces. I do the same with turkey breast, resulting in the most flavorful and juicy poultry pieces.

This dish will be one of your favorite chicken recipes. There’s no limit to the type of chicken you can use for this dish. Try chicken legs, skin-on chicken breasts, or even bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe. While the chicken cooks, prepare the side dish to go with your meal. This is the perfect meal for the home cook to dazzle friends and family.

Ingredients

ingredients labeled for oven roasted chicken pieces

The ingredients for this easy recipe can be found at your local grocery store.

  • Whole chicken cut into pieces
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Garlic powder 
  • Black pepper 
  • Onion powder 
  • Paprika 
  • Parsley  

How to make oven-roasted chicken pieces

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

marinade for chicken mixed with a spoon in a bowl

Stir together the mayonnaise, kosher salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, and paprika. 

raw chicken pieces in a white baking dish

Rub this mixture over the chicken pieces and under the skin as well. Cover and allow to sit in the mayonnaise mixture for at least 15 minutes while the oven is preheating. 

Place chicken pieces on a baking dish in a single layer, making sure the chicken does not overlap. 

Bake the chicken in the hot oven until the skin is golden brown and a meat thermometer registers that the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

chicken pieces in a baking dish

Remove the chicken from the oven and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Expert Tips

These tips and tricks will help you make this excellent recipe your own.

  • Break down a whole chicken or ask your butcher to do this. You can also find pre-cut chicken pieces in most major grocery stores. 
  • I suggest cutting the breast in ½ if they’re large to ensure the chicken pieces finish cooking at the same time. 
  • Fats like olive oil or butter can be subbed for the mayonnaise in this recipe. 
  • Use a digital thermometer to make sure the temperature reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part of the meat before removing it from the oven.  
  • Save the pan drippings to make a sauce or gravy to pour over the chicken before serving.  
  • Let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before serving to let the juices flow back through and make the chicken moister. 
  • Besides serving the chicken leg quarters or other pieces whole for dinner, you can also cut or shred them to use in other dishes like casseroles, soups, or salads.
  • Add fresh rosemary or thyme to the baking pan to really bring out those herby flavors.  

Variations 

This simple chicken recipe is easily adaptable, and you can change the ingredients out for your favorites. Here are some tasty options to try:

Marinade: Use buttermilk, sour cream, or yogurt in place of the mayo.

Seasonings: Rub with dried or fresh herbs like tarragon, parsley, thyme, rosemary, or add cayenne pepper, curry powder, red pepper flakes, or lemon pepper seasoning

Vegetables: Carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash. 

juicy chicken on a white serving plate

All about the marinade  

This delicious marinade is brushed on 15 minutes before starting to cook the chicken. However, you can marinate it for longer, up to 24 hours.

You can also change the ingredients for the marinade if you’d like to play with the recipe and use your favorite seasonings.

Other ways to cook chicken?  

Besides cooking a chicken dinner in the oven, you can also make it in an instant pot or airy fryer.

You can cook chicken pieces or even a whole bird in the pressure cooker. If you’re using a whole bird, make sure it will fit in your instant pot first. 

Season the chicken, pour in at least one cup of chicken stock, seal on the lid, and cook under pressure. Naturally release the pressure for 15 minutes and then use a quick release. 

Carefully remove the lid and the chicken from inside. Be careful when you take out the chicken because it will be very tender, and it may fall apart easily.

To cook the chicken pieces in an air fryer, marinate them as usual, set them in the air fryer basket or roasting pan, and cook until browned, about 25 minutes. Flip the chicken over halfway through cooking to ensure they’re cooked all the way through.  

chicken pieces in a baking dish

How to serve oven-roasted chicken pieces  

Serve these chicken pieces with roasted vegetables, rice, mashed potatoes, or other side dishes. 

Some great options include southern fried apples, Jamaican cabbage, sweet potato salad, or air fryer sweet potato wedges.

How to store 

Refrigerate: Store leftover roast chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Reheat: Reheat the leftover chicken on a plate in the microwave in 30-second increments until heated all the way through.

Freeze: Freezing chicken is a great way to save it for later. Wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it in a large freezer bag in the freezer for up to three months.

FAQs

Why is my chicken mushy? 

If you notice that your marinated chicken tastes mushy, check how long you let it marinate. It should only be for a couple of hours for chicken pieces up to 12 hours for a whole chicken.

Do I need to baste chicken pieces? 

It’s not necessary to spoon the liquid and chicken juices from the bottom of the pan over the pieces as they cook, but you can if you want to.

Which chicken pieces are best to roast? 

You can roast any piece of the chicken. I suggest roasting all pieces and deciding which ones you prefer.  

chicken pieces in a baking dish
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Juicy Oven Roasted Chicken Pieces

These juicy oven-roasted chicken pieces are the perfect weeknight meal paired with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword oven roasted chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rest time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 463kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut into 12 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add mayonnaise, kosher salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, and paprika to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Rub mixture over chicken pieces. Be sure to rub some under the skin as well. Cover and allow to sit in the mayonnaise mixture for at least 15 minutes while the oven is preheating.
  • Place chicken pieces in a 13×9 baking dish in a single layer, making sure the chicken does not overlap.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until the chicken skin, is golden, and a quick read thermometer registers at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Allow the chicken to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Notes:
  • Break down a whole chicken or ask your Butcher to do this. You can also find pre-cut chicken pieces in most major grocery stores. 
  • I suggest cutting the breast in ½ to ensure the chicken pieces finish cooking at the same time. 
  • Fats like olive oil or butter can be subbed for the mayonnaise in this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 761mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 488IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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