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What’s for dinner? Chicken! How original.


I do not think people realize just HOW MUCH you can actually do with chicken. Different parts of the chicken provide different flavors and experiences.  I used to be “original” and literally would only prepare chicken breasts (aside from my random cravings for wings), with the occasional “seasoning” and really thought I was making magic in the kitchen! Well needless to say I could not have been more wrong. I stepped outside my box and my comfort zone in the kitchen and decided to try this recipe (that I discovered on Pinterest OF COURSE!); I was not disappointed….one bit! Leg quarters are so meaty and so filling and they are just so delicious! I think if you dress them up the right way, almost take better than the breasts, so much more flavor! But that’s like comparing apples to oranges because every part of the chicken has many different aspects to offer. But my new favorite chicken part is a leg quarter!!  Yum, yum, yum!! The recipe below is so very simple and literally only calls for 7 ingredients, which everyone should pretty much have in their house already 🙂
The lemon and garlic together is PHENOMENAL and will have your kitchen and house smelling MAGICAL!
Chicken Leg Quarters Roasted with Lemon, Garlic and Herbs
Ingredients:
Juice of 2 lemons
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (or basil or oregano)
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (I omitted this, spiciness does not agree with my stomach)
6 cloves garlic, chopped
4 chicken leg quarters
Kosher Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, seasoning and garlic.  Whisk altogether.
Clean the chicken leg quarters before hand (the night before is what I did, but a few hours before is fine too!). Soak in the sink with warm water and vinegar and just let it sit in there and let all of the not so good tasting gunk fall right off.  Right before you take the chicken out of the sink, scrub and pat with your hands and pull the excess hair out the leg quarters, pat dry.
Then add a generous amount (do not go overboard) of the salt and pepper to the leg quarters. Place the chicken parts in the bowl with the lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, seasoning and garlic mix. Make sure to get every piece of goodness on those chicken pieces!
Place them skin side down in a large roasting pan or baking dish (I like to use the Pyrex ones – they are great and easy clean up * Target or Walmart has them). Bake for 1 hour, and then turn the pieces skin side up.  Bake for another hour, basting once or twice during the last 30 minutes of cooking until the skin is nicely browned. The skin on the leg quarters when finished is so brown and crispy and the lemon and garlic and olive oil really show their true colors (in a good way) when it comes to how amazing the skin looks and how amazing it makes the chicken look. The chicken is so very moist and melts in your mouth. I usually immediately take the skin off of anything that I am eating (If something does not look appealing to me I will not eat it, so I must remove the skin, what can I say it’s the forever child in me!). But the skin is where the flavor is born and bred and it is just amazing!!!
When the chicken comes out and it cooled down, you can serve with the remainder of the juices from the pan. I usually also pair this with brown rice (Uncle Ben’s microwave 90 second bag – I am a simple girl) and some roasted veggies! (My favorites are mushrooms, broccoli, onions and asparagus) *But my roasted veggie recipes are for another blog entry J

Enjoy!!!

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