Basic Baked Chicken Leg Quarters – Super Frugal Recipe
This Basic Baked Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe is my favorite way of cooking and processing chicken leg quarters when I find them on sale. I’m a big fan of buying large amounts of meat when I find it at a great price, and I can often find ten pound bags of chicken leg quarters for .69 cents a pound or less. Here’s what to do when you score a deal like that!
When You Find Chicken on Sale – Buy a Lot!
One of my favorite ways to save money is to look for “loss leader” prices and purchase as much as I can when I find them. Chicken Leg Quarters can often be found for .69 cents a pound or less, usually in 10 pound bags. The Quarters I used for this Basic Baked Chicken Leg Quarters recipe were purchased on sale for .39 cents a pound and the bag weighed around seven pounds – a total of 10 meaty chicken leg quarters. After cooking, I took all the meat off the bones, which gave me nearly six cups of cooked chicken to use in meals.
Easy as Can Be
Simply stick your chicken in a pan.
Season it up however you like.
I personally like to use salt, pepper, and a little Old Bay seasoning. But there are many other flavors that work well with chicken, too.
Bake at 350 degrees until done. I always give chicken a minimum of an hour and then check it. You know chicken is finished cooking when you can stab it with a fork and the meat is white and the juices run clear. With leg quarters, I also like to test the joint between the leg and thigh. The joint comes apart more easily when the chicken is well cooked.
Beautiful Baked Chicken For Inexpensive Meals
Sometimes when we bake chicken like this, we end up eating some of it for dinner and then processing the rest of it into meat to put away for later. But this time, I just wanted long enough for it to cool and then started breaking it down.
Once finished, I had a bowl full of beautiful chicken meat – enough for four to five quick and easy meals. Not bad for a bag of chicken that cost less than $3 to purchase!
That’s all there is to it. I like to store my chicken in freezer bags and keep a few of them in stock. That way, you always have some cooked chicken handy when you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. Just grab a bag and get creative!