I found another delicious and budget friendly dinner from Cooking Light that I had to share with you guys. This recipe only costs $2.22 per person. WHAT?! It also only has 318 calories per serving, which is two thighs. And while it may be low on calories it’s definitely not low on flavor. Again, I shopped at Trader Joe’s for more cost savings; however, they did not have any bone-in chicken thighs. I had to get the kosher leg quarters, which is a thigh and a leg. It worked perfectly, but I did have to cook it a little longer.
First, remove all the skin from the chicken. This is a little time consuming but necessary. Then combine flour, salt, garlic powder, and red (cayenne) pepper in a large zip lock bag. Add chicken pieces to the bag one at a time and shake. Make sure every little nook and cranny is coated and then shake off the excess. Discard the flour mixture & bag. Heat olive oil in a large pan and add chicken. Brown on both sides (approximately 5 minutes each side). Transfer chicken to an oven safe dish and bake at 400 (recipe says 375 but I went with 400) degrees. I let mine cook for 45 minutes, even though the recipe only says 8, because the chicken pieces were so big. It was cooked perfectly. When the chicken is done cooking, microwave the butter and hot sauce for 15-30 seconds, until the butter is melted and then drizzle on top of your delicious chicken!
YUMMMM. I served this chicken with roasted potatoes. I tossed sliced fingerling potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted them in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. I popped them back in the oven for about 5 minutes when the chicken was almost finished cooking to warm them back up. This was my take on healthier bar food, wings & fries! The chicken is deliciously spicy and really tastes just like a fried chicken wing. It was so delicious. The potatoes were cooked perfectly. This chicken would also be fantastic with a side salad topped with creamy ranch or blue cheese. Don’t hesitate. Make these after Thanksgiving!
For some fun Thanksgiving side ideas, see my earlier post on Sweet Potatoes and Brussels! I hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!