Herby Chicken and Vegetable Tray Bake
Such a simple way to shortcut a roast in less time and cook in bulk, for entertaining a crowd or having lots of leftovers for meals over the following days. I sometimes vary the herbs, for example using coriander or tarragon and sometimes place some lemon slices on the tray also, for some different flavours. You can vary your Proteins and Vegetables, according to what you like. You may have to vary your cooking time, according to the meats you choose. For example; Pork Chops, with sage or Lamb Chops with rosemary- the chops will only need 30 minutes cooking time, but the hard vegetables will still need 40-45 minutes. Fish with dill and fennel will vary according to the thickness of your fillets, but I would suggest a thicker cut and cook for approximately 20 minutes. The key to a good tray bake is SIMPLICITY! Place it all on the tray, into the hot oven and thats it!
Servings Prep Time
10People 10-15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
10People 10-15minutes
Cook Time
  • 12pieces Chicken, organic & free range preferablyyou can use drumsticks, chicken chops or ask your butcher to portion up a whole chicken
  • 3 quartered potatoeschop reasonably small, to help with the reduced cooking time.
  • 12 small pieces Pumpkin
  • 3chopped carrotsinto 2-3cm pieces
  • 1small head Broccoli, chopped
  • 1/4 Cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 bunch Asparagus
  • 1large handful Green beans
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1small bunch Thyme
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C. While your oven is heating up, place your chicken pieces on a large baking tray. chop up all your vegetables and place your hard vegetables ( Potatoes, pumpkin and carrots) on the tray with chicken. Add your garlic cloves and scatter thyme around. Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil. *I use a 900mm oven, so it goes onto one big tray, but if you have a smaller oven, you can use 2 trays.
  2. Place your tray into your hot oven and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove your tray from the oven and place all other ingredients on the tray, then return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
  3. Your cooking may vary according to the thickness of your protein, but 40 to 45 minutes in total cooking time will be enough. Remove your tray from the oven and serve! It is that simple!
  4. The best part is you have loads of left overs for more meals over the next few days- depending on the amount of people you are cooking for. Whether your a small or large family or single or a couple, trays bakes are a awesome simple, quick, delish & nutrish way to cook in bulk. Cook once- eat twice…or even three or four time! Just remember to store your leftovers in a sealed or well covered dish and place in the fridge.