Thursday, September 20, 2012

Baked Chicken Legs with Carrot Fries

This one came to me at 3AM. What's a nice, simple fall dish for a birthday dinner?

Somehow, carrot fries popped into my brain. Do you know how good carrot fries sound at 3AM? Pretty dang good. So then my mind slowly wandered... what goes with cooked carrots? Mmm. Chicken. Juicy, baked chicken. To get the best juicy, you gotta' have some fat. Legs.

What else? Some roasted fennel. Yum. 

Oh, and some of my sister's AMAZING Spiced Apple Butternut Squash soup. Sorry folks, I don't have the recipe for that ;)

And that, my friends, is how this dish was decided.

Baked Chicken Leg, Indian Curry Carrot Fries, Roasted Fennel and Spiced Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Baked Chicken Legs with Carrot Fries

For the chicken: 

3 organic chicken legs
Dash of ground pepper
Hefty dash of garlic powder
1-2 tbls extra virgin olive oil


In a casserole dish, slather the chicken with the olive oi, season and pop in the fridge for about 20 minutes to marinate.

Bake at 400° covered for 35 minutes and then uncovered for 15 minutes or until chicken is down throughout. Place on the middle rack in the oven. 

For the carrots:

~ 10 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
~1 tbls extra virgin olive oil 
~1/2 tbls Indian Curry powder


Toss the thinly sliced carrots in a large bowl with the oil and curry powder (you can of course use different seasonings- cinnamon, rosemary, etc). Be sure the carrots are coated with oil and seasoning and then spread out on baking sheet.

Bake at 400° on the top rack uncovered for 35 minutes then covered for the remaining 15 minutes.

For the roasted fennel:

1 fennel, (ends) thinly sliced
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of garlic powder
~1/2 tbls extra virgin olive oil


On a sheet of parchment paper, drizzle the olive oil on the fennel and add in the pepper and garlic powder. Wrap the parchment paper so that the fennel is completely covered and place in a small baking dish on the middle rack of the oven.

Bake at 400° for the full 50 minutes.

Somehow by the grace of something grand, all of these took the same amount in the oven. It was fan-tas-tic.
Enjoy ;) 

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