Monday, February 13, 2012

K's Favorite Chicken Legs Recipe #1

Being on a layoff budget means eating lots of chicken and other lower-cost meats (eww, that sounds terrible). But that also means trying to be creative with the same package of chicken legs week in and week out. One of the cooking blogs I love following is Smitten Kitchen because of all the beautiful food photography, but I rarely make any of the recipes because they're too "gourmet" in terms of complexity (for me to make) or fancy tasting (for K to enjoy). ^_^;; However, her buttermilk roast chicken recipe is a home run for both of us!

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Source: Smitten Kitchen

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds chicken legs (or other parts) 
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp table salt
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Lots of ground black pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Flaked or coarse sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Whisk buttermilk with garlic, table salt, sugar, paprika and lots of black pepper in a bowl.
2) Place chicken parts in a gallon-sized freezer bag (or lidded container) and pour buttermilk brine over them, then swish it around so that all parts are covered. Refrigerate for at least 2 but preferably 24 and up to 48 hours.

Yay, buttermilk was the only "specialty ingredient" I had to purchase

3) When ready to roast, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 9"x13" baking dish with foil. Remove chicken from buttermilk brine and arrange in dish.
4) Drizzle lightly with olive oil, then sprinkle with additional paprika and sea salt to taste.

I still have no idea what raw paprika tastes like...

5) Roast for 30 minutes for legs (approximately 35 to 40 for breasts), until brown and a bit scorched in spots. Serve immediately.
Suggested side dishes: wild rice, roasted potatoes, green beans

Excuse my poor point-and-shoot pics; Smitten Kitchen has the truly drool-worthy images

Something about that buttermilk brine just makes the roasted chicken skin oh-so-savory. Overall, we love this delicious spin on an otherwise ordinary chicken legs recipe.

Question:
What's your favorite easy and yummy chicken leg recipes? (Healthy is always good, too. ^_^)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This looks so good! Mine is bisquick in a bag w/ rosemary, garlic, paprika, salt & pepper. Take chicken (skin on) and shake in bag, remove coated chicken from bag then bake at 350 for about 20min either side. (170 internal temp)