Monday, April 30, 2012

Easy Baked Chicken Legs

Some nights I’m excited to get in the kitchen and prepare a meal, particularly if I’ve got something on the menu I’ve been craving.  Other nights, the last thing I want to do is cook, but I know I need to get something on the table.  Here is my go-to recipe for those nights – a few minutes of prep and the oven does the rest of the work! 

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It is so easy it doesn’t really even need a recipe, you just season the legs and bake them off.  I use Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute because it’s really tasty and only $1.99, but there are lots of options in any grocery store for seasoning blends, just pick what sounds good.

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Easy Baked Chicken Legs

Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a cookie sheet with nonstick foil (if you don’t have nonstick, use regular and add a quick coat of cooking spray). 

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Dry off the legs with paper towels – this is an important step to get crispy skin without adding any fat.  Season both sides with the seasoning blend and arrange on the cookie sheet skin-side up.  Bake for 45 minutes. 

For sides, I usually stick to good ol’ frozen Ore-Ida potato products since I’ve got the oven going already, and nuke whatever veggies I have in the crisper or freezer.  And in a sum total of about five minutes of actual effort on your part in the kitchen, dinner is served!

I love cooking chicken legs because they are so easy to portion out and serve, and they are cheap – it’s not even that far of a stretch to pay organic prices, particularly if you can find a special.  Plus you get that yummy Sunday-chicken smell in your house without having to take the time or effort to roast an entire bird Smile

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