Monday, February 3

Good Eating Monday: My Secret Baked Chicken

A couple weeks ago in the local newspaper, the "Police Blotter," had a number of bear sighting incident reports that police responded to. Also one report of a fox seen in a housing area. According to the report, "when the police arrived the fox had already left the area, so no one knows what the fox had to say."
(Honestly, it said that. Which is a play on that popular song called "What the fox says," if you don't know.)
I don't know whether the police report was being funny or the reporter. Either way it brought a smile to my face.
Today's Good Eating recipe is my secret recipe for really moist baked chicken.
I use chicken thighs, which can be bone-in or boneless. Dark meat is more moist in general. You could use legs or legs & thighs mixed if you like.
The secret is using instant mashed potato flakes to roll your chicken in before baking!
Chicken Thighs. (boneless or bone-in )
1 box instant mashed potatoes
Salt, pepper and any other seasoning of your choice: oregano, garlic powder, curry, cumin, taco seasoning, etc.
Spray cooking oil to grease pan
Baking pan or pans of suitable size for the number of thighs you making
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Directions:If using bone-in thighs, prep by peeling off skin.
Pour 1 to 2 cups of instant potato flakes into a bowl (depending on how many thighs you plan to make. I generally make 20 and takes about 4 - 5 cups)
 Add 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper plus any other seasoning you want to use to the flakes. Toss flakes lightly till seasoning well combined. If you run out of seasoned flakes, just add more flakes & seasoning to bowl as needed to finish.
Roll each thigh in flakes till well coated on both sides, then place in greased baking pan top side down.
Place pan in oven and set timer for 20 -25 minutes. Pull oven rack out so you can get to thighs or remove from oven and, using a fork, turn all thighs over.
(You may dust pinches of seasoned potato flakes over tops if you have leftover.)
 Slide pan back in oven and cook another 30 minutes.
Remove, cool slightly and serve. Yummy.
Making the Most of a Oven Meal:
Since you're baking one thing, why not bake the whole meal and make the most of your oven time so your gas or electricity is used efficiently?
Other things you could bake along with chicken or meatloaf or whatever main dish you're baking:
*Root vegetables sliced in chunks and tossed in Italian dressing such as potatoes, turnips, beets, winter squash, onions, radishes or sweet potatoes.
*Scalloped or Au gratin Potatoes (Instant Hungry Jack type with frozen peas & carrots added)
*Baked potatoes
*A baked dessert like bread pudding or cobbler.
*Muffins or biscuits
Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

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