In the midst of holiday over indulgence, sometimes it's nice to sit down to a simple meal that won't leave you feeling guilty. Today we're partnering with OXO to bring you one of our favorites: roasted chicken leg quarters, served over sourdough dressing. We've paired it with some of our favorite fresh, seasonal vegetables—fennel and yellow onions, which have been lightly careamelized to perfection. It's the type of meal that will be on the table in under an hour, making it perfect for a busy week night or last minute guests. Added bonus: the dressing is a great way to use up that loaf of bread you bought, but forgot about (or the heels that no one ever eats.)
Chicken Leg Quarters
with Fennel and Onions
makes approximately 2 - 3 servings
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 - 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
sea salt and pepper, to taste
2 - 3 chicken leg quarters
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
garlic sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
4 cups stale sourdough bread, torn into chunks
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
3 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3/4 cup chicken stock
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Slice the fennel and yellow onion into uniform pieces, brush with melted butter, then add sea salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables so the butter and seasonings are evenly distributed, then transfer the vegetables to one half of the baking sheet. You'll reserve the other half for the dressing and chicken.
- In a large skillet add onion, celery, and butter. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, or until the celery is slightly tender. Add poultry seasoning, bread, and chicken stock, then mix until all of the liquid is incorporated. Do not add additional stock if you still have dry bread, the juices from the chicken will moisten the stuffing as it cooks.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, then mix everything together. Transfer the finished stuffing to the second half of the sheet pan.
- Place the chicken leg quarters on top of the dressing, brush with melted butter, then season generously with smoked paprika, garlic sea salt, and black pepper.
- Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, making sure to stir the onions and fennel several times through the cooking process to keep them from burning along the edges. Once the stuffing is slightly brown on the edges and the onions have caramelized, remove from the oven and check that the chicken has cooked throughly. You can use a quick-read thermometer to ensure that it has cooked to 165ºF, or poke with a fork and make sure that the juices run clear. If they're still pink, just pop the chicken back in the oven for a few more minutes.
If you have time you'll want to lay your bread out the night before making this recipe so it will have time to dry out. I'm lazy about planning, so I put mine on a baking sheet, then let it sit on the counter until I'm ready to use it. If you decide to make this recipe at the last minute you can always bake your bread for 10 - 20 minutes at 200ºF to help dry it out a little faster.
The amount of chicken stock you'll need can vary, so make sure to have extra on hand. If your stuffing comes out of the oven on the dry side you can always add a little bit of extra stock to moisten it up.
To facilitate today's recipe OXO sent along a handful nifty kitchen items. Keep reading for more information on the tools featured in our post today and where you can purchase them.
Chef's Precision Digital Instant Read Thermometer: The Instant Read Thermometer provides quick, accurate measurements for cooked meat. The pivoting head allows reading temperature from any angle. Purchase from Amazon or OXO
Flavor Injector - Inject marinades and other flavorings into meat for delicious flavor and juiciness. Two needles for thick and thin marinades store inside injector tube when not in use. Purchase from Amazon or OXO
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