Thursday, June 11, 2009

My kid's Favorite meal...Easy, Peasy Chicken Legs



I am almost embarassed, really to share this recipe, because it is just my way of cooking my kids favorite dinner...Chicken legs. They love them. I don't know if it is because they can use their hands and not worrry about making a mess, but I really don't care, this is the one thing I make that they are guarranteed to do the happy dance for. I do not have to beg, cry or bribe them to eat. They happily come to the table and stuff themselves, it is such a relief, really. This can be adapted a million different ways, The Pioneer woman has a recipe for spicy,roasted chicken legs that is also really good. I have made that numerous times, but it may be a little too spicy for the little ones. Anyway here it is, it is not exact and it is not written in stone. Interpret it the best way to suit your family:





Easy, Peasy Chicken legs



1 jumbo package of chicken legs( usually contains around 14 legs)

olive oil

salt and pepper

garlic powder



Preheat oven to 400.

Place chicken legs in large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, enough to cover them all, generously.

Sprinkle with salt,pepper and garlic powder.

Place on large baking sheet and bake for 1-1 1/2 hours, turning them to ensure crispiness on all sides.

Serve with french fries and get out of the way..


Can you see the joy on their faces, or maybe it is annoyance because Mom is trying to take their picture while they are eating, I haven't decided yet.
Like I said there are a million different ways to do this. You can use lemon pepper,adobo, if you like it hot, use cayenne peper, or maybe go with oregano or just lawrys seasoning. whatever works for you. These legs come out so tender on the inside, with a nice crispy skin outside, who doesn't like crunchy skin. These are also good the next day for lunch.






So if you are ever stuck for an idea for a cheap, easy dinner( chicken legs are always on sale) try these, I bet your kids will love them as much as mine. This is an all-time keeper in our house.






29 comments:

  1. I know, right?!! My boys favorite chicken is "Salt and Pepper Chicken" which is this recipe minus the garlic powder! It's so easy and they love it!

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  2. I know what you mean! My kids love them too!

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  3. LOL - I think all kids (big and small) love to eat anything with their fingers I know my house do including me.... it makes it taste so different.

    By the way your children are adorable!!

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  4. They look like a hit! Kids love drumsticks don't they!

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  5. These are still my favorites as well! Your kids are adorable! :)

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  6. My family loves then too. I never make them, but my husband does when I'm working late. I haven't been able to eat chicken on the bone since anatomy class. I really wish I could though.

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  7. Chicken drumsticks and wings were my absolute favorite as a kid. Isn't a kick that sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones most cherished.

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  8. I dont think Justine and Emily could look any cuter eating these delicious chicken legs. Simplicity at its best!!

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  9. What a great and inexpensive idea! I have to try these out. Oh My Goodness your girls are ADORABLE!!

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  10. I can see why they would be a favorite - I would have to say these could be my favorite too...

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  11. My daughter is the same way!! She could probably eat a few of these and be a happy camper...as long as there's skin and bone, otherwise she doesn't really consider it chicken :D

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  12. I love chicken drumsticks when I was little. Now I've completely forgotten about them as I always buy the chicken breast. I bet my daughter would really love the drumsticks too, I will buy those next time.

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  13. I think all children loves chicken legs!

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  14. My children are college age and still fight over the drumsticks! I never think to make only drumsticks and keep everyone happy. I love the ease of the recipe and I adore your profile photo - could you have cuter kids????????

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  15. I love reading about people's quick go-to weeknight recipes. Don't get me wrong, all the fancy stuff is nice but sometimes you just want to throw something together that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy. I love dark meat chicken, so I can imagine how good these are.

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  16. Those look great, I dont think I have ever baked chicken legs, but I will now!

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  17. There is nothing better then a meal your kids will eat. We come across that problem a lot. Those chicken legs look like a whole family pleaser!

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  18. Kids do love their chicken legs. Maybe because it's finger food. I have to admit to having never made chicken legs at home, just KFC. Who knew it was easy peasy!

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  19. Sometimes we get so caught up in being fancy that we forget how good basic is :o)

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  20. This looks like a winner! I made some drumsticks a couple months back with a recipe I got from one of Martha Stewart's magazines (the little food one); it just called for orange marmalade, which you brush on as they're baking. Another good one :)

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  21. Making these for supper tonight!! I'll keep ya posted.

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  22. I found your site through Heidi's. I cant wait to try these chicken legs. I to have picky eaters so this is perfect. Nice blog and cute kids.

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  23. My youngest daughter has been super picky lately with her chicken..no sauce she says...and I just ran across your recipe on Suzie Homemakers blog in which she also said it was a hit with her kids so I printed it out..can't wait to try it!

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  24. I finally made these and blogged about them! YUM!

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  25. im doing your chicken right now, but i threw oregano, perijil and praprika on them and im boiling some potatoes and then throwing them in with chicken to roast, HOPEFULLY THE KIDS WONT LIKE THEM, IM HUNGRY HAHAHAHAHA

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  26. sorry, perijil is parsley, SPANGLISH, good heavens, my mother would not be happy, but then again she didnt make great chicken legs

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  27. I tried this recipe yesterday for dinner(added little bit of paprika to it)and we all loved it especially my kid who is a picky eater loved it a lot. He kept asking for more :) Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

    Rg.

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  28. My 3 year old is very very picky when it comes to eating. My wife and I bought many many items packaged and fresh food and cooked them as best as we could, he still didn't eat them hardly. Just 3 or 4 weeks ago, my wife thought of an simple idea using chicken legs or chicken breasts on the frying pan using exactly the same ingredients - salt, pepper and garlic powder. Really, it was all by accident. No sooner than she was done frying them on the pan and on to the plate, he was stuffing them left and right. We just couldn't believe our eyes. It was so darn simple and easy. My wife was sighed in relief to see my son eating on his own without us begging to eat. LOL :)...

    I guess you can bake them in the oven too.

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