Baked Chicken – Easy, Healthy, and Delicious

Baked Chicken – Easy, Healthy, and Delicious

The last thing that you want to worry about after a busy day is what to feed your family. Don’t succumb to the desire for an easy out by ordering a pizza or picking up fast food. There are many chicken recipes that are easy to make and will guarantee that you are giving your family something healthy.


10 chicken legs
2 lemons, squeezed
1 stick of margarine
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
dash of salt

Large oven baking dish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

The parts of the chicken that taste best baked are the legs. Supermarket meat counters usually sell a large batch of chicken legs that can be bought on the day you plan on baking your chicken. You can soak your chicken in water with a little salt in it for about 5 minutes. Soaking chicken in slightly salted water gets rid of any dry blood that might still be in the small veins found in chicken. Take it out and pat it dry on paper towels. Just as in fried chicken, you don’t want to run the risk of water causing the melted margarine or oil to splatter in the oven. Prepare a baking dish by turning your oven on to 350 degrees and when hot melting a stick of margarine in it. You aren’t planning on frying your chicken in the margarine; you just don’t want it sticking to the bottom of your pan once it is cooked. Also, your chicken will leak out some juice that will give the meat a soft buttery taste.

Take your pan out of the oven and layer your chicken in it. Squeeze the juice from a lemon or two and put on top of your chicken and sprinkle it with salt. Peel two or three cloves of garlic and slice them, sprinkle with paprika. Layer the garlic slices on top of the chicken and cover your chicken with aluminum foil crunching the foil around the rim of the pan and put it back into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes and take out of the oven. Carefully remove the aluminum foil by starting at a corner away from you. Turn the chicken over and place back into the oven for another 30 minutes.

Your chicken will be fork tender, thoroughly cooked and ready to eat after it has cooled off by letting it stand for 15 minutes. Don’t forget that there are many dinner recipes that are fast and healthy, so avoid that urge to run done to the local fast food joint and feed your family well.

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