Friday, November 4, 2011

Baked Chicken Legs

My dad is on an eternal search for tasty foods. He laments that everything he cooks is tasteless and is often annoyed with the entire obligation of having to eat in general... That being said, he does occasionally attempt to make something that tastes really good and these chicken legs are an example of one of his successes. According to my dad, the key to the success of this method is to use a baking rack that allows you to cook the legs in a vertical position. See the attached link for an idea of the types of racks out there.

About 10 chicken legs (two packages)
About 1 cup of your favorite rub - try a half cup paprika and another half cup combination of onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper, orange zest, sea salt, pepper, and a pinch of maple sugar.
About a cup of chicken broth

How To:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a baking rack by lining it with foil and line the bottom of a 9x11 baking dish with foil as well for easy clean-up.

Mix together your seasonings on a plate and rub liberally onto your chicken legs. Arrange your chicken legs in the rack and place the entire rack into your baking dish.

Pour the chicken broth into the casserole dish, enough so that it just covers the bottom with about a 1/4 inch of liquid.

Cover the entire thing loosely with foil and bake for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. The chicken is done when the juices run clear - meat should reach 165 degrees using a thermometer in the thickest part.

Comments: My dad made these for me for dinner and they were delicious. The meat was very tender and juicy and had a great flavor. Prep time was very minimal and clean up was a snap.

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  1. Hey! Could become a good "dad recipe" in our house too. Lord knows I've served up a lot of failures. Thanks!


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