Sunday, September 7, 2008

Roast Chicken Legs & Mashed Potatoes

Ahh...Autumn! The sights, the smells, the tastes....'tis a wonderful time of year, 'tis! No one is happier about the return of Autumn than I am, trust me. While it's not "officially" here, it's close enough and cool enough that I can finally start eying my casserole recipes and favorite fall meals and actually make them for dinner again. Tonight I decided to kick off my fall meal marathon by roasting some chicken legs and mashing some potaters. Yum!

This is a basic roast chicken leg recipe, and the best part is that you can add whatever spices or flavoring you like. I posted mine below, but you can change it up however ya want it.

Roasted Chicken Legs

Chicken legs (I used a pack of 7)
1 T. Thyme
1 T. Basil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stick butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
Melt butter in a saucepan. When butter is melted, add lemon juice. Add seasonings, and mix well until combined. Taste mixture and adjust seasonings as needed.
Add chicken legs, one at a time, to butter mixture. Coat well and transfer to baking sheet. When all chicken legs are on the baking sheet, give them one last coating of the butter/lemon mixture with a basting/pastry brush. Sprinkle tops with seasonings.
Place in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Cook until juices run clear.

  • I placed these on my broiler pan, but you could put a cooling rack inside a cookie sheet and get the same effect.
  • Buy decent chicken! I found these chicken legs on sale at the local market, and they were too chewy and fatty. :-( Serves me right for trying to avoid the bigger stores.
  • Next time I'll probably try a few different spice combinations. I liked the thyme combined with the garlic, but these still tasted bland to me. I think I'll also let them marinate in olive oil for a few hours, too.
  • I served these with my mashed potatoes, complete with secret ingredient. It's a basic mashed potato recipe, but I add my secret ingredient in between mashing sessions. It's glorious, and Graham loves 'em!


  1. PW really has some great recipes! This looks like one I'll need to try!

  2. Hi from Australia - am going to try and use your chicken leg recipe because it sounds great. Also for decadent use of mashed potato try making a sandwich using it as a filling with some tomato sauce (ketchup to you) and eat. Calories but life is too short.

    Cheers, Angie


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