• Hannah

cheap, easy, one-tray roast dinner.

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

For the broke, lazy, food-lovers amongst you.

Eating for one? Two? A bunch of poor uni students? Don't worry, been there done that and perfected the dinner for you. This recipe will feed 4 happily in one sitting with some chicken leftovers.

You will need:

1 x roasting dish or tray (essentially any oven-proof aluminium, steel, or ceramic dish with high sides)

1 x small or medium chicken

450/500g potatoes, peeled and sliced into big chunks(to spice this recipe up, use 200/250g normal potatoes and 200/250g sweet potato)

a handful of carrots (washed and cut into sticks)

2 x red onion (peeled and cut into quarters)

4 x garlic cloves (leave unpeeled)

2-3 tablespoons gravy (depending on if you're a thin gravy-lover or thick gravy-lover)

Any optional extras you wish, the ingredients above will most likely fill the dish but feel free to go crazy on other extras.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C

  2. Place your chicken into the roasting dish. If it has string around the legs, you can either remove it now or remove it after cooking. Gently pour olive oil over the chicken and use your hands or a spatula to spread the oil across the chicken.

  3. Season to your desire. Use salt, pepper, and mixed herbs for delicious skin.

  4. Add the garlic cloves into the dish.

  5. Check the pack instructions for the cooking times but a small chicken should be done in 1 hr 30mins.

  6. Once the chicken is in the oven, prep your potatoes.

  7. After 50 minutes, scatter the potatoes around the roasting dish. Pour a small amount of oil and season.

  8. Add your sliced carrots and onions after a further 10 minutes. Use a spatula to mix with the potato seasoning. Add more oil and seasoning if required.

  9. Leave for 30 minutes in the oven.

  10. Once the chicken is golden brown with a crispy (not burnt) skin, then remove and let rest for 5 minutes whilst you make up the gravy.

  11. Ensure your chicken is cooked thoroughly before eating. (If you are unsure, check out our blog on how to tell when food isn't cooked.)

What's your must-have roast dinner component?


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