An Easy (and healthy!) Meal: Chicken Leg Quarters

Easy Chicken Leg QuartersI have the worst stomach known to man. I’m sensitive to everything, and eating out it is more of a pain in the butt than it is a fun time.

It should come as no surprise then, that I eat at home far more frequently than I eat out. I know what my stomach can handle, and it’s easier (read: less painful) to just cook at home.

But the problem is I’m lazy. I enjoy cooking once I get started (and I always enjoy the results of the cooking!), but actually getting myself into the kitchen and chopping vegetables…


Let’s just say that more often than not, 7:30 rolls around and I’m STARVING. The last thing I want to do is have to think hard about what I’ll be eating or stressing over preparation.

The same goes for lunch. I’ll be deep in the writing zone until 12:30-ish, when aha! Suddenly my stomach is gurgling and I MUSTEATRIGHTNOWORDIE. If I don’t have leftovers ready to pop into the microwave, than I’ll pretty much starve until dinner time.

Enter stage left: the chicken leg quarter.

These are SO easy to prepare, and the results are sooooo delicious.

While the leg quarters are not necessarily fast (they take between 45 minutes to 1 hour to cook), they are so EASY that it kinda negates the misery of waiting. I just play some Dragon Age Inquisition while these suckers bake. 😉

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As for what to eat alongside your chicken, there are tons of options! My husband likes to make rice or egg noodles to mix around in the delicious chicken juices at the end. Since I can’t really eat grains, I like to make an easy vegetable (steamed broccoli, for example, or cauliflower) and mix it with the chicken juices.

Or, if you have a bit more time to prep, you could always bake vegetables with the chicken leg quarters! Carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes–chop ’em up, add ’em to the baking dish, and cook with the legs for a delicious, super healthy meal.

You tell me: Do you have an easy, go-to weekday meal?