As much as I love crafting and being creative, I always go back to cooking. I loooooovvvveee cooking and being in the kitchen. I actually wanted to go to culinary school when I graduated high school but…being the stupid teenager I was, I let other's influence me into following a different path, aka, their dream. That was 10 years ago and I still love cooking as much as I did back then. Oh well, You live and learn. If things hadn't happened the way they did, I probably would have never met my husband.
So, back to cooking. I was sooooo (see my emphasis??) tired of the same old chicken, so I decided to play around with my spices. I didn't get crazy, but I combined a few that I normally do not combine and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. It was very tasty and will be making another appearance in my kitchen again.
Here's what you need:
3 chicken leg quarters
2 tsp each of, garlic powder & thyme
1 Tbs of paprika
1 large onion
2 stalks celery
Cut carrots into about 1-2 inch slices. Cut potatoes into about the same size. Boil for a few minutes until soft, but still firm**. On a foil lined 13x9 pan, place chicken legs, drizzle oil and season with salt and pepper. Add partially cooked veggies, and onion and celery to the pan. Drizzle with a bit more oil. Sprinkle on garlic powder thyme and paprika. Toss a bit. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 350 for an hour or until chicken is cooked and veggies are tender.
**Note: I didn't boil my veggies and put them in the oven raw with the chicken and it took forever to cook. I ended up putting them in the Crockpot to soften up for an hour. It ended up getting too late so I threw everything back in the pan, put it in the fridge and reheated it in the over for the next day. If you par boil them first, you will be able to eat within an reasonable time.
The whole fun about being in the kitchen is experimenting! Go on, give it a try.