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Roasted chicken legs with potatoes and kale

March 16, 2011

Last night’s recipe: roasted chicken legs with potatoes and kale.  Although this recipe takes an hour, the active time is only 10 minutes – basically pile everything in the pan and stick it in the oven – so it’s ideal if you don’t need to eat immediately but have other stuff to take care of.  The prep for this dish is incredibly simple – slice the chicken halfway through the joint and dust it with spices, wash the kale, and slice the potatoes.  One of the wonderful things about chicken is that when you cook it, the skin melts and makes everything around it delicious, so you don’t really need to do much.

The raw ingredients. Although the recipe calls for 8 leg quarters, I used 6 giant ones instead. Also, I only had 2 6-oz bunches of kale, while the recipe calls for (and could certainly have taken) more.

The chicken, sliced (on the underside of the joint) and spiced

In the roasting pan, ready to go in the oven

Fresh out of the oven

This dish first cooks for 20 minutes covered, to wilt the kale and soften the potatoes.  Then it goes for 30 more minutes uncovered (all at 450 degrees), which gives the skin of the chicken a splendid crispy texture.

Closeup of the crispy, delicious chicken skin

The verdict: a great dish that produces some really delicious leftovers (lunch today).  I probably would have added a bit more salt than the recipe calls for, but I could say that about a lot of recipes.  Really, this dish doesn’t need a lot of spice, because it has plenty of flavor between the chicken skin and the slight bitterness of the kale.  While this recipe doesn’t work if you get home late and are in a real hurry to eat, it works perfectly if you want dinner in an hour but don’t want to put in a lot of work.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellen permalink
    March 16, 2011 2:26 pm

    Going to make this – I loves me some kale…

  2. Grammy A. permalink
    March 16, 2011 3:50 pm

    Food porn–I know it when I see it.

    This is a perfect weekday recipe: easy to make, tasty/healthy, and one-pan cleanup.

  3. March 24, 2011 8:05 pm

    It was tasty!

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