Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chicken Legs For The Soul

What happens when you're so sick you feel like you're on the brink of death (or you know, just . . . a cold) and you need to make dinner?

Lots of dinner. Lots of food.

Food to feed your hungry self and your family.

(Speaking of, does anyone else eat like there's no tomorrow when they're sick? I feel like every time I'm sick I get crazy hungry. Nutrients!)

Well, to answer that question, you need to find something to cook that is easy to prepare, extra delicious, and will leave you with plenty of leftovers.

In that situation, I make baked chicken legs & wings.

Yessiree, it's similar to making a roasted chicken, but much less time consuming and yet just as delicious. Plus, if you so choose, you can eat with your hands. Fun.

Makes you really feel like a caveman.

So you know those large packages of chicken legs you see at the grocery store? Buy them sometime and try this:

Baked Chicken Legs & Wings

Chicken Legs & Wings (I didn't have wings this time, but both are delicious.)
Olive Oil
Garlic Salt
Old Bay Seasoning

Other seasonings optional:
Herbs de Provence 
Italian Seasonings

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet (one with slight edges) with foil and coat with olive oil. (You can also use a glass or ceramic baking dish, just omit the foil. I used a baking dish for more meat.)

Step 2: Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Lay the chicken legs/wings on the baking sheet. Sprinkle seasonings as you see fit. Salt and pepper of course. And if you haven't yet, find yourself some Old Bay Seasoning and put that stuff on there. Seriously, it makes the dish.

But go ahead and use whatever you like.

Step 3: Flip chicken pieces over and season the other side.

Step 4: Bake in the 400 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 5: Take out of oven and serve with piles of veggies. Consume food.

It's super simple and makes amazing leftovers. And it was so easy to do. I woke up from my groggy, cold medicine induced nap, threw the chicken on the baking sheet and into the oven . . . then watched the news for an hour. And done.

Easy as pie.

Ooh  . . . I want some pie.

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