Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner

Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner

Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner-  A simple seasoned chicken dinner, drizzled in a sweet maple sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This quick & easy cheap dinner recipe, is also family-friendly, kid-approved, and finger-licking delicious. 

Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner Recipe

                                                          Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner

How is everyone’s week going? So far this week I learned how to brush my teeth standing on one leg, while holding the bathroom door open with the other. I really wish my toddler would stop opening and closing the doors, but without him I wouldn’t have known that I could push a stroller while holding him, and carrying nine bags of groceries in the other hand. Oh, the joys of motherhood.

My son has been a handful lately, and I am already unprepared as he enters the dreaded terrible twos. Trying to get him to eat lately has been stressful, but I decided to give this recipe a shot.

I place the bowl of chicken and vegetables in front of him, and I go hide behind the wall. For some reason I believe that if he sees me watching him, he wont eat his dinner. So as I peek from behind the wall, I see him staring at the food looking very inquisitive. He picks up a piece of potato and squishes it between his fingers. I silently huffed my frustration. He then picks up a carrot and rubs it along the side of his face, and into his hair. That was the end of that, as I calmly explained to him ( in my Mary Poppins voice) that he had to eat his supper.

Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner Recipe

He finally decided to open wide, and take a bite. Phew! Then he took another bite, and another, until he was crying because there was nothing left in his bowl. I was a little astonished that he not only finished his dinner, but was also begging for more. Win! So this has been my go-to recipe when I don’t know what to feed him. He eats it every single time. Never fails!

This is one of my favorite recipes because its:

  • Kid-friendly

  • Relatively cheap dinner, perfect for budget cooking

  • Quick & Easy

  • Simple prep work

  • Taste yummy

  • One pan meal

  • Family-friendly

A simple seasoning of sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and thyme. Then drizzled in a sweet maple sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This quick & easy cheap dinner recipe, is also family-friendly, kid-approved, and finger-licking delicious.


If you haven’t noticed, I have been doing some maintenance work on my blog. So I haven’t been able to post twice a week like I normally do. During this time I will post once a week, and then I will resume back to my normal twice a week once my maintenance work is complete.

If you are following my post, I am sure you are wondering what happened to the coconuts from my previous blog post. Well, I tried to bang a screwdriver into the coconut. I had this amazing idea in my head, that if I poked a hole into the coconut, I can then stick a straw in and drink it. This is what happened-
IMG_5194Don’t laugh. I had one of those screwdrivers where the top piece comes apart, and it got stuck inside the coconut. I can not get it out. Seriously, I have never been so thirsty for coconut water.

I embarrassingly had to call for help, but I at least will soon get to enjoy my fresh coconut water.

Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner Recipe

Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner-   A simple seasoned chicken dinner, drizzled in a sweet maple sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This quick & easy cheap dinner recipe, is also family-friendly, kid-approved, and finger-licking delicious.  

Easy One-Pan Chicken Legs Dinner

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs red potatoes, diced
  • 7 carrots, chopped ( or 2 cups chopped )
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. of dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
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  • CHICKEN SEASON:
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  • 8 chicken legs
  • extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • garlic powder, onion powder, and dried thyme to taste.
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  • SAUCE
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  • 1/3 cup 100% pure organic maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey dijon mustard
  • OPTIONAL: squeeze about 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice when finished

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large-deep baking pan, toss potatoes, carrots, garlic, and olive oil together. Season with dried thyme, and then add salt and pepper to taste. Toss again. Leave room for the chicken in the center of the pan. (Try not to crowd the pan).
  2. Drizzle olive oil on chicken, and then lightly season with garlic powder, onion powder, and dried thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add chicken to the baking pan, moving the vegetables to the side of the pan, and placing chicken in center. Bake in the oven for 25 mins, then flip chicken over, and rearrange vegetables. Put back into the oven, and continue cooking for about 25 more minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing pure maple syrup, and honey dijon mustard together. Mix until blended well.
  5. When finished, drizzle the sauce over the chicken and vegetables, then squeeze fresh lemon juice over if desired. Serve while hot!

Notes

Leave chicken and vegetables in the oven for an extra 10 minutes, if you prefer a crispier skin.

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18 Comments

  1. BAHAHAHA! I seriously laughed out loud, Amanda, when I saw the coconut. Too funny!! Loved hearing your story about your little guy. So cute! You must have been overwhelmed with joy when he ate his meal. Loving this recipe. The sauce sounds so delicious! One pan dishes are the best, aren’t they? Throw it all together, into the oven and voila! Have a great upcoming weekend 🙂

    • yuminyourtum

      LOL! It is quite funny. I don’t think I will be buying real coconuts for awhile, hahaha! Thank you, I am very thankful that I was able to make him something that he liked. Yes! One pan recipes are my thing! I can be a lazy cook at times, so this will always be one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, and have a great weekend as well. 🙂

  2. SO delicious!! In love with this recipe!! 🙂 xo

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  3. Oh no, the terrible twos!! My nephew is just about done with that phase (we hope!!) His third birthday is coming up, so fingers crossed. But you know what though, you’re now a super-amazing multi-tasker, so, hey, there’s the big silver lining. 😉 The fact that he loved this dish just says so much about how incredible your cooking skills are. Just sayin.’ 😉 Side note: So many coconutty laughs. I’m sensing that this could be a regular feature on your blog: Amanda’s hunt for coconut water, or something. Haha. Thanks for sharing that–it’s been a long day and I needed a good laugh. 🙂 A joy as always stopping by here. xo

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Demeter! I am sure you know all about the terrible twos with your nephew. My son is just entering this stage, and I am already ready for it to be over, lol. I am glad he loved this dish, because he wont eat everything I put in front of him. I am thinking because the sauce is sweet he enjoyed it. I am glad you found the coconut story funny, and I have yet to open the coconut, so maybe it will continue! ( hopefully I get it open though ) haha! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. I like making baked chicken legs with garlic, potatoes, carrots, lemon also. It’s an easy dish to make & always delicious.
    This photo looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your son sounds adorable. I bet you find all sorts of fun stuff on his body during bath time. I remember bathing my daughter at two and asking her how she got random stuff in her hair and on her body. The joys and fun of being a parent. 🙂 I’ll have to try this recipe with my picky daughter and see if she devours it too. If not, I know mommy and daddy will. We love chicken legs and the mustard maple syrup sauce sounds delicious!!

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Tanya! I find all sorts of crazy things on him during bath time. I don’t understand how some things get stuck on his skin or hair, but he his into everything! I am sure you went through all this stuff with your daughter. I think your daughter will love this! It has a sweet flavor to it, and lots of sauce! A good way to get those veggies in too. I hope you get around to trying it. 🙂 Thank you!

  6. Love love love one pan dinners – healthy, delicious and minimum clear-up. And enjoy those terrible twos while they last…one day you will actually miss them. Sigh. 🙂

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Kate! One pan dinners are the best! I don’t know if I will miss the terrible twos, lol. I am literally pulling my hair out. Still a joy being a mother though. 🙂

  7. Winner, winner chicken dinner Amanda!! So easy and only one pan is perfect!

  8. Lol! Your coconut incident sounds like something I would do! 😉 So who doesn’t love one pan meals?! All that flavor condensed into one cooking vessel, easy clean-up, perfect for weeknight dinners – always a crowd pleaser. This one is definitely a winner!

    • yuminyourtum

      Lol! I don’t think I will be purchasing a lot of coconuts in the future, ha! Ah, one pan meals are always the best! Love how easy they are. Thank you very much Kathleen! 🙂

  9. Perfect! My grocery store had chicken legs on sale this week so I’ve been on the hunt for a new recipe! This recipe is great because it’s such simple ingredients and easy to put together. Love it!

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you very much Erin! This is very easy to put together. Love the simple and easy recipes like this. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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