February 11, 2008

Kid-Friendly Baked Chicken

This is something that I concocted after my third child was born. Our meals were suffering as "the witching hour" corresponded with dinner prep time. One night I had a package of chicken thighs on hand and no time to prepare it. In a moment of desperation, I threw the chicken thighs into a baking dish, poured olive oil and soy sauce over the top, threw it all in the oven and said a little prayer. What resulted was a big hit with the kids (and adults!), and is now a staple in our home.


One package bone-in, skin-on organic chicken thighs
One package bone-in, skin-on organic chicken legs
(figure one thigh and one leg per child)
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

Place chicken on 9 x 12 glass baking dish. Whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup soy sauce in a bowl. Increase amounts of liquid for larger quantities, keeping in mind that the chicken will make its own juice that will mix with the sauce. Pour sauce over the chicken and bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes, or until the meat next to the bone is cooked. Enjoy with brown rice, steamed broccoli with butter and a simple salad or raw vegetables. The sauce is delicious poured over the chicken, rice and broccoli, so be sure to make plenty this recipe can also be made with boneless, skinless chicken. The bones and the skin add more nutrition and flavor.

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