Q: I struggle to get the perfect roast chicken, what are the cooking times and how do I get that crispy skin.

A: Chicken is one of the most commonly eaten proteins in the world so we should all know how to cook the perfect bird.

At Wickedfood Cooking School we teach one of the easiest and hassle free ways of cooking the perfect roast chicken in our individual classes. This quick and easy recipe doesn’t have many ingredients but that makes it simple and really tasty.


±1,1kg chickens
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Trim the chicken of excess skin, fat and any feathers that may be left behind.
  3. Rinse the chicken out with cold water and pat dry.
  4. Rub the whole chicken with salt and pepper (including the cavity of the chicken).
  5. Place the chicken in the oven with the breast side facing down (this allows all the fat and juices to run through the breast and keeps it moist)
  6. Cook for 10 minutes at 220°C and then switch oven down to 180°C and leave for 30 minutes, turn the chicken and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven allow to rest for 5-10 minutes and then carve and serve.

Tip: For a complete meal place mushrooms, roughly chopped onions and cubed potatoes in a roasting tray into the oven under the chicken at the same time as the chicken so the juices and fat from the chicken can drip into the potato mixture.

Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252  sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

Wickedfood Cooking School Johannesburg runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 6 days a week. The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.