This one right here goes out to all my set-it-and-forget-it people. I call it “Impress Your Friends Chicken” because I’ve received compliments every time I’ve made this for friends or family, and it’s actually pretty easy.
This is an all-seasons recipe that will warm you up in chilly weather, or pair well with a frosty margarita in the summer. And all it takes are three flavors:
Lemon pepper. Basil. Adobo.
SERVES: 2 (You and a friend to impress, of course!)
- 2 all-natural chicken leg quarters (thigh + leg)
- Lemon Pepper seasoning
- Dried Basil seasoning
- Adobo (Goya’s brand is most popular, but I use a fresh blend I found in the bulk section of Mother Earth Storehouse, a local health food store — check your neighborhood market to see if yours carries one, too!)
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Baking sheet
- Nonstick spray
- Meat thermometer
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Use a thin layer of nonstick spray (or your favorite nonstick method) on a baking sheet.
- Place chicken on baking sheet and add first a thin but even layer of lemon pepper. (You’ll want the lemon flavor to really sink in, so use this ingredient first.)
- Sprinkle half as much basil as a second layer.
- Last, use the Adobo as a final coat. It’s a fine seasoning so it’ll get in between all the spaces that the first two ingredients didn’t cover. When you think you’ve used enough Adobo, use just a little more.
- Place baking sheet in preheated oven.
- Bake at 350ºF for 40 min.
- Raise temperature to 400ºF and bake for another 5-7 min.
- Remove pan from oven and insert meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thickest piece. My idiot-proof meat thermometer has a setting called “Poultry” — if yours does, too, let your thermometer be your guide! (Remember, this is Impress Your Friends Chicken, NOT Poison Your Friends Chicken — better safe than sorry!) If you aren’t at the Poultry temp, place chicken back in the oven for another 10 min. Check the thermometer.
- When the chicken is cooked thoroughly, remove from oven.
TIPS: Serve with wild rice and a veggie side. Try this roasted veggie recipe in cooler weather.