Frugal Recipes for Large Families: Oven Fried Pesto Chicken

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Oven Fried Pesto Chicken: Frugal Recipes for Large Families

I love to drop by local farmer’s markets when I see them, and this past Saturday, I found a doozy.  Tons of fresh veggies as well as some of the best looking herbs you’d ever want to find.  I bought a few things, but the one thing that I had plans for was a handful of beautiful fresh basil.  Pesto was running through my mind, but I always make pesto with fresh basil.  I needed to change it up.  I knew I had some chicken in the refrigerator waiting for some inspiration.  Then it hit me.  Oven Fried Pesto Chicken!  I love oven fried chicken, and using pesto as a flavoring sounded fresh and delicious.

The best part was the price!  I baked 16 drumsticks for $8.49, or just $.53 per drumstick!  Two drumsticks will feed a person, with sides, so you get about 8 servings out of this dish!  It’s perfect when paired with an inexpensive pasta side.

Oven Fried Pesto Chicken Label

What Makes Oven Fried Pesto Chicken so Amazing?

Fresh basil has a wonderful flavor that can’t be compared with other herbs.  I happened to see a vendor selling large bundles for just $2.00!  The scent was spicy and peppery, and filled my car with its lusciousness.  Pairing that with parmesan and panko breadcrumbs, you have a great crunch and a salty earthiness that makes for a fantastic dinner.

Enjoy!

Frugal Recipes for Large Families Oven Fried Pesto Chicken

Frugal Recipes for Large Families Oven Fried Pesto Chicken

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Coat a baking sheet with about 2 T olive oil and set aside.
  3. Drizzle some olive oil over the chicken and set aside.
  4. In a food processor or blender, pulse the basil and cheese until finely crumbled.
  5. Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl and top with the basil mixture. Mix well.
  6. Dip each chicken piece in the breading, pressing to coat.
  7. Place on the prepared baking sheet and continue with the remaining chicken.
  8. Bake 1 hour, turning at the 30 minute mark.
  9. Chicken is done when juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone.
  10. Serve hot.
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Why Oven Fried Pesto Chicken

If you’ve never oven fried chicken before, it’s a great way to get the crispy coating of fried chicken, but without all the fat.  It works fantastically with breaded coatings, such as Oven Fried Pesto Chicken, and infuses the meat with flavor all the way through.

 

5 lbs chicken drumsticks (or other chicken pieces)

1 C fresh basil leaves

½ C grated Parmesan cheese

2 C panko breadcrumbs

olive oil

 

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Coat a baking sheet with about 2 T olive oil and set aside.

Drizzle some olive oil over the chicken and set aside.

In a food processor or blender, pulse the basil and cheese until finely crumbled.

Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl and top with the basil mixture.  Mix well.

Dip each chicken piece in the breading, pressing to coat.

Place on the prepared baking sheet and continue with the remaining chicken.

Bake 1 hour, turning at the 30 minute mark.

Chicken is done when juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone.

Serve hot.

 

Next time you find yourself with an abundance of fresh basil, make some Oven Fried Pesto Chicken and feed a crowd for pennies!

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Spring Roasted Chicken Recipe

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Spring Roasted Chicken Is an Everyday Celebration

My mom used to make Spring Roasted Chicken for Sunday dinner and special occasions.  But why save this simple to make dish for special days?  Break out the chicken and lemons, folks, because this is a dish for every day!  Common seasonings make this dish divine!

Whole or Pieces for Spring Roasted Chicken?

It just depends on what you have or what’s on sale as to what type of chicken you want to use.  I’ve made Spring Roasted Chicken with whole chickens, and I’ve used chicken pieces before, and they all turn out amazingly juicy and tender.

The Spices Make Spring Roasted Chicken Fresh and Bright

The lemon adds a tangy taste that is refreshing and reminds you of a beautiful sunny spring day.  Paired with a nicely peppered skin, you’ll have an explosion of flavor on your taste buds that can’t be beat.  Sea salt brightens the lemon flavor, bringing out the sweetness of the fruit.  Oregano brings the balance between salty, sweet, and savory, adding a complex earthy note that is unparalleled.  Add them all together and you have a delicious chicken dish that is simply called Spring Roasted Chicken.

Spring Roasted Chicken Recipe ~ Make Every Day a Celebration!

Spring Roasted Chicken Recipe ~ Make Every Day a Celebration!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken, whole or pieces
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the chicken in a baking dish, skin side up.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and oregano liberally.
  4. Place the lemon slices over the chicken.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and wrap tightly.
  6. Bake for 2 hours, until juices run clear and a cut to the thickest piece shows no pink.
  7. Remove foil and increase heat to 425 degrees F. Brown the skin for about 10 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with lemon slices.
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Spring Roasted Chicken Works in the Crock-Pot Too!

If you are short for time in the afternoon, toss all the ingredients in the Crock-Pot with a splash of white wine and set your pot to low in the morning.  Spring Roasted Chicken will be ready for you by the time dinner rolls around and you will have a delicious dinner waiting for you!

 

2 lbs chicken, whole or pieces

2 lemons, sliced

salt

pepper

oregano

 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the chicken in a baking dish, skin side up.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and oregano liberally.

Place the lemon slices over the chicken.

Cover with aluminum foil and wrap tightly.

Bake for 2 hours, until juices run clear and a cut to the thickest piece shows no pink.

Remove foil and increase heat to 425 degrees F.  Brown the skin for about 10 minutes.

Serve hot with lemon slices.

 

Make an everyday dinner special and make Spring Roasted Chicken!

Easy Roasted Poultry Recipe

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Cooking a turkey can strike fear into the heart of many a cook, from novice to expert.  They turn out undercooked at best (you can always cook it a little more) and dry at worst (nothing can really fix that fast).  Well, here is a fool-proof way to bake a tender, moist bird every time.

Easy Roasted Poultry Recipe

Easy Roasted Poultry Recipe

Ingredients

  • Turkey, chicken, or other large fowl
  • 1-2 cups Butter flavored Crisco (enough to cover the bird thickly)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sage leaves washed and dried
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash the bird inside and out with cold water. Salt the inside of the bird and stuff with your favorite stuffing or leave empty and dry the outside with paper towels. Place in your roasting pan.
  2. Chop the sage into small bits. Mix with the Crisco and add salt and pepper to your tastes.
  3. Cover the bird completely, paying special attention to the legs and wings, and evenly coating the breast.
  4. Cover with several layers of aluminum foil, sealing well around the edges. Place in the oven and back at 325 degrees. Bake 30 minutes for every pound of bird, testing with a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the breast is at least 165 degrees.
  5. Remove foil, turn up the oven to 425 degrees, and brown the skin of the bird to a golden brown.
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While your bird is cooking, you’ll have time to enjoy family and friends, and not worry about dinner.  Have a great meal!