Now that I am filling my gas tank with grocery money, I am looking to lower priced cuts of meats and poultry to feed my family. I am a fan of dark chicken meat and now because it is, and has always been less expensive than breast meat, I find I am purchasing it more often. My three children fight over the drumsticks and while there are only two on a whole roaster, I need to find a chicken with three legs. Enter stage left, the leg quarters. I love the thighs, the kids like the drumsticks, and because Himself enjoys the savings so much, he is not missing the breasts. Smirk. Since the leg quarters come in packs of four or more, there are no more fights for drumsticks. Now there are fights over the bread. Let me explain.
A few months ago on Mimi’s blog Mimi’s Kitchen, she shared that she had roasted a chicken over top of two slices of bread. What? I was intrigued and Mimi was gracious enough to email exactly what she had done. No recipe really, just a method. I tried her method with my leg quarters and my oh my, that bread! It was moist and crispy, almost a fried-like absorptive sponge of chicken juice and flavor- as if it were dressing/stuffing.
And now they fight for the bread. Can a mother ever win?
Here is the quick of what I did…
Line a lightly oiled 7×11 or 9×13 inch dish with bread, we prefer the thick sliced bread, like Texas Toast, as it does not get as soggy as the thin bread. Try to completely cover bread with chicken leg quarters (or your favorite cut), four quarters fit in my 7×11 inch dish, and brush the skin with olive oil, and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning blend- I like Penzey’s Sandwich Sprinkle. Roast in 375 degree oven for about 70 minutes or until juices run clear. If the chicken seems to brown too quickly, tent with a piece of foil. Put your boxing gloves on and get ready for a fight! *This method is meant to be used with bone in, skin on chicken.
Note- The second time I made this, I got too heavy-handed with the oil and the bread was soggy. Don’t do that, because then they fight you that dinner was gross. Monsters.
Note 2- At my grocer the organic leg quarters are quite affordable.
Oh remember that Cooking Connections Virtual Cooking Class I co-hosted last week on themotherhood.com? Well here is the edited version. Not edited because we had potty mouth or anything, but because there was so much information shared that the editors organized it into a clear concise program. Take a peak. That was one fast moving class. While a live video was running, and a live chat streaming, I was typing my fingers off the bone. Now that was fun!
How do you like to roast chicken? And what ways are you cooking to save money?