My kids prefer dark meat to the chicken breasts. I used to think that it was because the dark meat was more moist, but to be honest I now think that it is because they can pick up the legs in their hands and not have to bother with those pesky utensils.
I like to buy chicken legs because they are insanely inexpensive. Also, if you have any children who are picky and like bland food, once the skin is removed after cooking the spiciness disappears. (I am going to admit to you all right now that I had to look up how to spell spiciness. That just doesn’t look right. But then again, neither did any other way I tried to spell it.)
4 tsp. salt
4 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp thyme
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
Mix these all together.
Step One: Take chicken out of the package. Rinse and pat dry.
Step Two: Dump chicken into a large bowl. Pour 1tsp or so of vegetable oil over the chicken. Rub with your hands to evenly coat all the chicken pieces. You don’t want the chicken dripping with oil, just a very light coat that will help the spices stick to the skin.
Step Three: Mix all spices together in a large ziploc or a different large bowl
Step Four: Put the chicken pieces into the ziploc bag or bowl. Rub to evenly coat your chicken pieces with spices.
Step Five: Place chicken in baking pan.
Step Six: Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.
Yes, it really is as simple as that. And it is so tasty. All of my children like chicken prepared like this.
If you read my Twitter stream you already know that Friday I made this chicken for dinner. I got it all ready, turned the oven on, set the timer and came back into the kitchen 45 minutes later to find the chicken still sitting on the counter. The oven was nice and pre-heated though.
I usually serve it with rice or potatoes, though the other day my son asked why we can’t have it with buttered noodles. And I had no other answer than, uh, okay next time! So feel free to eat your chicken with buttered noodles for him.