Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Basil & Garlic Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

If you have never purchased chicken leg quarters before, you are missing out!  They are one of the most inexpensive meats you can buy and they taste absolutely tender and delicious.  I bought mine "antibiotic free and no water added" for $1.30/lb (In my store, whole chickens go for $1.50/lb).  You will need about one leg per person.  I roasted them with fresh garlic and basil and served them with Roasted Kale and a baked sweet potato.  To make 4 main dishes, the whole meal, with sides, will cost you about 8 bucks.  Who says eating healthy has to be expensive?

An inexpensive home cooked meal that the whole family will love

Ingredients (Serves 4):
4 chicken leg quarters (mine come 4 to a package), antibiotic free
1/2tsp dried oregano
1/4tsp poultry seasoning
1/2tsp dried sage
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4c fresh basil, chopped (don't buy fresh herbs exclusively for this recipe, I just had some on hand)
3tbs extra virgin olive oil, first cold pressed is best
finely ground sea salt and pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 425F.  In a small bowl combine seasonings, basil, garlic and olive oil.  Mix well and mash with a fork or pestle (optional).
2. Wash chicken and pat dry.  Trim off any extra skin hanging off the ends.  Arrange chicken pieces on a baking sheet or roasting pan lined with foil.  Spread the oil-spice mixture evenly over each leg.  Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the juices run clean and the internal temp is 180F.
Tip:  If you want your skins extra crispy, put them under the broiler for a few minutes prior to serving.

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