How to cook chicken legs in the oven
One of the most common types of meat in the post-Soviet space is chicken. This is due to the fact that prices for it are much lower than for beef or pork, and its nutritional value is in no way inferior to them. Chicken meat is also considered dietary and is highly regarded by supporters of a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, the question of how to cook chicken legs in the oven, is very relevant among the chefs.
To prepare meals for four people will need:
- chicken legs - 4pcs;
- potatoes - 1 kg;
- mayonnaise - 100 g;
- mustard - 50 g;
- salt pepper;
In order to properly bake chicken legs in the oven, they must be pickled. Only then the meat will turn out not only fragrant, but also juicy and soft. For this is a mixture of mustard and mayonnaise. There you can add greens. After the sauce has been cooked, it must be left for 15 minutes so that it is infused. At this time it is necessary to pull the skin off the legs before the onset of the calf. This should be done very carefully so as not to tear it.Then the meat is rubbed with salt and pepper and allowed to stand for 10 minutes. Next, the bird rubbed with sauce and pull the skin. To the chicken legs in the oven did not unfold, the skin can be fixed with a toothpick or thread. However, it should be remembered that before serving it must be pulled out.
Potatoes and baking tray
The next stage of cooking can be considered cutting potatoes and placing it on the frying surface. The fact is that when chicken legs are cooked in the oven, they release their own fat. It is used for cooking. However, if the potatoes were not suitable for baking, and the fat in the bird is small, then the dish can turn out very hard. Therefore, all vegetables are cut into small pieces. At the same time, they are placed on the baking sheet first, and the bird is already placed on them. Also, if in the process of how the chicken legs in the oven begin to reach their readiness, and the potatoes are still firm, then it should be smeared with the remnants of the sauce or just mayonnaise. This will release additional fats that speed up cooking.
Bake the dish must be in preheated to 200 degrees oven.Usually the time to full readiness of the dish takes about 40 minutes. However, you should not leave it without control, because it can be prepared both earlier and well after this period. Therefore, quite often the oven is turned off 10 minutes before the meat is ready and allowed to reach it on its own due to the internal temperature.
Chicken legs in the oven are served on a large dish hot. Sometimes they can be divided into portions, but in full they look much better. This recipe allows you to store the finished meat in the refrigerator for three days. Moreover, if desired, it can be eaten without heating. However, it should be noted that the potato after its first cooling greatly changes its taste, so it should not be left for a long time.