Sunday, February 17, 2013

Simple Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

To roast the legs, place them in a single layer on racks in rimmed baking sheets and/or baking dishes. The rims are important to keep the drippings from pouring onto the floor of the oven. The racks are nice to help the bottom of the pieces brown, but they’re not important. If you don’t have racks, or don’t have enough racks, just put the chicken directly on the pan. Bake the chicken at 350 to 375 for about 45 minutes to an hour. It should not be pink next to the bone. 

If you're taking the meat off the bones to use in casseroles or soup or salads or so forth, be sure to save the bones for BONE BROTH OR CHICKEN STOCK. Or you can do like I do, and save all the bones, even the ones you've gnawed the meat off of. But I only do that if I'm going to be using the broth or stock and if I'm the one who has gnawed the bones.

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