Thursday, September 6, 2012

back-to-school roasted chicken legs #pullupachair for food network

ok...raise your hand if you could use some terrific tasting recipes for weekday lunch? food network is getting the entire food community together to celebrate a virtual back-to-school brown bag luncheon, called the communal table, on monday, september 10th and they have invited me to cool is that?  here's how it works....bloggers from all over the country, as well as the food network gang, will each  create a post on their respective sites about a dish perfect for delicious packed lunches.  each blog/website will contain links to all the other blogs so readers can see what everyone is “bringing to the table.”   just think...a one stop place to view loads of delicious sounding recipes.  what did you have for lunch today?

green bean, heirloom tomato and red onion salad
during my corporate life i was never organized enough to pack my lunch...i always grabbed something on the go...or...more frequently...skipped it all together.  i now realize how unhealthy that was.  if i could go back in time, i like to think i would take a different approach by doubling healthy recipes on the weekends and then having the leftovers for lunch.  roasted chicken legs are a perfect example.   i would prepare a hearty green bean, heirloom tomato and red onion...and grab a couple of these chicken legs. that would have been a perfect lunch.  (now if i just could have convinced myself to eat outside on warm days versus at my desk i would have had a much less stressful career!)

roasted chicken legs with marmalade glaze

10 chicken legs (organic if you can)

1 small jar meyer lemon marmalade or orange marmalade
extra virgin olive oil
grey sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

preheat oven to 425 degrees. line rimmed baking sheet with foil and then with parchment paper, drizzle approx 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over paper.  using a pastry brush, coat entire pan with the oil. place chicken legs, skin side down on prepared baking sheet. generously season chicken with the salt and pepper.  roast in preheated oven for 20 minutes.  remove from oven, turn legs and roast for another 15-20 minutes or until juices run almost clear when pricked with a knife.  remove from oven

meanwhile, place marmalade in small saucepan. heat over medium heat stirring until softened. do not let boil.  remove from heat. using your pastry brush, coat each chicken leg with the marmalade.  place back in oven and roast an additional 5 minutes.  keep a close eye on the chicken to ensure the marmalade does not burn.  serve chicken hot, warm or at room temperature.

check out the delicious sounding recipes from my fellow #pullupachair bloggers:

Tidy Mom: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Cookies

Made by Michelle: Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches
Chez Us: Healthy Tuna Salad
And Love It Too: Healthy Lunchbox 2012: The Ultimate Collection
Bacon and Souffle: Gruyere Grilled Cheese With Apple Salad
Zaika Zabardast: Fresh Corn Cakes With Black Bean Salad Tossed in Cumin Vinaigrette

Adult options:

This Girl Can Eat: Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Spicy-Korean “Ramen” Noodle Soup
Haute Apple Pie: Edamame Hummus
Feed Me Phoebe: Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches
Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Swiss Chard Turnovers With Parmesan and Pistachios


Alison | a girl defloured said...

I was JUST thinking of roasting up some chicken legs myself--they are delicious and cheap too. LOL! Thanks for the recipe.

napa farmhouse 1885 said...

delicious, cheap and easy! i love when that happens.

hope you enjoy the recipe...please let me know what you think...


Jeanette said...

Love how easy this recipe if, perfect for back to school.

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

Love roasted chicken; it's so good both as a main course one night and leftovers the next; my idea of perfect.

TidyMom said...

This sounds delicious! so simple I may need to try it next week!

napa farmhouse 1885 said...

thanks jeanette, barbara and tidy mom. agreed, simple and delicious are the best recipes...
love all your recipes too. happy to participate at food network with you guys...