Lazy Man’s Roasted Chicken

Two days ago I was at the Queensbay Mall for a dinner gathering with friends. And then I went to the supermarket for a stroll to walk off some of the calories and to see if I could find any closing time bargain. I know, this is a very auntie behavior, leave me alone!

I did not find any bargain items, but I made a more disturbing discovery. I read Mun’s blog post about chicken breast the other day and was fuming because the chicken breast in AEON KL is priced at less than half of what I have been paying in AEON Penang (RM 0.99/100g over RM 2.19/100g).

And then I discovered that I was the idiot. In fact, I have been a useless, blithering idiot for the past 6 years or so. You see, I have been buying pre-packed skinless chicken breast for RM 1.99/100g pre-GST and then RM 2.19/100g post GST all this while. For 6 bloody years, I noted that there is a section where you can buy fresh unpacked chicken nearby, but I never bothered to look closely. I thought that is where you buy whole chicken instead of chicken parts.

I finally looked closely on this fateful Tuesday and saw that they have trays of chicken wings and whole chicken legs and CHICKEN BREASTS for RM 1.09/100g. RM 1.09!!! And with skin!!! So for the past 6 years or so I have been paying almost double of what I should be paying just so that someone can remove that bit of skin that could be grilled into deliciousness! I got less but I paid much much more! Just because I am a stupid, blind, ignorant, unattentive, hopeless, bloody idiot!

Come on, laugh at me! Scold me! Call me names! ……




Anyway, when I saw the whole chicken legs, I thought of Phong Hong’s Roasted Chicken and Potatoes. And then I thought: “Walao (bloody hell)! Why the chicken so damn cheap?!“. And then I cannot tahan (resist). And then the rest is history…

No… of course not, the story is not over… So I went home RM 6.20 poorer but 2 chicken legs richer. I immediately went to work. I rubbed my chicken with salt, pepper and light soy sauce. And then I squeezed 1 lemon’s juice and rubbed it all over my chicken. And then I dumped them into the fridge.

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The next evening (yesterday), I cut up two potatoes and one broccoli into pieces. And then I washed and rinsed them.

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And then I laid them together with the chicken into a foiled baking tray. By now my chicken has been marinated for 21 hours. And then I sprinkled some of my Moroccan seasoning and some more pepper over the ingredients. And then I drizzled a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil over them.

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And then I placed the tray into the oven. And then I let the food cook for an hour at 180°C. And then I poked a chopstick over the chicken and the biggest piece of potato to make sure they have been cooked thoroughly. And then I removed the tray from the oven and let the food cool down for 10 minutes.

And then I plated up one chicken leg and half of the potatoes and broccoli. And then I packed the other half of the food to go into the freezer.

And then I started eating. It was very delicious. The meat was extremely tender and flavorful. The potatoes were slightly crispy on the outside and extremely fluffy on the inside. The broccoli had a nice char about it. Excellent!

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And then I thought of my 6 years worth of mistakes again and wondered if the amount of money I have wasted so far has exceeded RM 1000 (~US$ 280) or not.




  • 2 x whole chicken legs
  • 2 x potatoes
  • 1 x broccoli
  • 1 x lemon
  • salt, pepper, light soy sauce, Moroccan seasoning (optional), olive oil



    • The other day my friend said, anyone who tasted my cooking will most likely die! LOL! 😀

    • Nope, no herbs for me, I don’t stock up on them. They taste good enough for me. 🙂

  1. You joking, right, that for the last six years you didn’t know they sold chicken parts fresh for you to pick…. If not…oh…dear… 😀

    But I have to say your dinner looks very good, especially the broccoli. Looks like a lot of food for one person too…then again, it’s not something I can finish in one sitting.

    • One chicken leg and some veges and half a potato is too much food for one person? You must eat like my sister a.k.a barely eat! 😐

      I’m not joking, I’m an idiot! 🙁

  2. I didn’t have dinner yet… this post made me hungry! And it is really easy to make! You know, I have been complaining for years about not having an oven and now that I have one I don’t use it… I deserve to die -_-

    • Well, it’s never too late to start. 😉

      The oven is one of my best investment for my kitchen so far. Now that I have it, I can’t imagine life without it anymore!

  3. that chicken looks good instead, especially with the roast veggie as sides.. and please laugh at me, I don’t even know the usual price of the chickens in supermarkets!! even if you tipu me also I won’t know.. I’m “eat rice dunno rice price” that kind of person~~ :p

  4. Aiyah, not going to scold you lah. I prefer to buy from the loose chicken parts section because I can test if the chicken is fresh. I will touch the skin and if it is not slimy. then it is OK. The packed ones are 50:50. Sometimes they are fresh and sometimes they are already slimy and have a smell (even though the packing date is that day). I also noticed that the packed skinless ones are more expensive than the ones with skin. I love skin so I never buy those skinless ones.

    Hah! Your roasted chicken legs with potatoes and broccoli look superb! I also like to freeze them up though they won’t taste as good as fresh. Oh, thanks for the mention!

    • Yeah, I do notice all this while, sometimes it is hit and miss when I buy my chicken breasts. Now I know where to go to, finally 😐

      Sendiri makan, who cares about fresh or less fresh la, the next day after I reheat, I drizzled a bit more olive oil and put more pepper and they are good to go! 😉

  5. Such a different perspective… I always find it humorous the difference between mine, and the orders in a restaurant of my Malaysian friends. I always want the lean cut, the breast with no fat, skin or bone. My buddies want fat, skin, bone – all the flavourful parts they say. 🙂

    • I don’t want bones and fat if possible, but the skin… I suppose KFC has trained us well! 😀

  6. Good to see you finally found the cheaper chicken section. Better late than never. So tasty right? the chicken thigh with skin roasted to perfection with potatoes.

    For 6 years you only paid 90cents more per 100g. So if you eat 400g of chicken per week, you would be paying RM3.60more per week so for 6 years, this would mean you have paid 6x12x4x3.6 = RM1036.80 more but then you did not eat 400g of chicken every week, right? So it would not be as much as RM1k lah.

  7. Oh all the while you have been buying packed chicken ahh? Like you said, there’s fresh chicken section, two guys standing there waiting to ‘cham’ (chop) the chicken for you.. Can choose to have whole chicken or half chicken.. But if only want breast I dunno la, never buy before like this.. Usually it’s half or whole, cut into chunks or in four parts.. Your roast chicken looks good.. Roast chicken can never go wrong, even if it’s just salt & peppa..Somemore now you got Morrocan seasoning, olive oil, potatoes and broccoli, lagi sedapppppp…

    • I always thought in AEON, it is fresh whole chicken + packed chicken parts. Now only I know there’s also fresh chicken parts to buy. 6 years too late… 🙁

      But my chicken is sedap, that is true lah… 😀

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