Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sweet Smoky Chicken Legs

There are 10 inches of snow laying on the ground outside my front door, but I want barbecue chicken. What's a girl to do? Make this recipe!

If the flavors of the sweet and smoky sauce don't appeal to you, use one cup of your favorite MSPI-friendly barbecue sauce. If your barbecue sauce is too thick for easy use, just thin it out with a splash of water.

This is such an easy recipe and economical, too, because chicken legs are a very inexpensive cut. Serve the chicken with mashed potatoes. Comfort food at its best!

Sweet Smoky Chicken Legs
Source: Taste of Home

2 medium onions, sliced
3 lbs. chicken legs, skin removed
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. MSPI-friendly liquid smoke

Place onions in greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; arrange chicken in a single layer over onions. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over all, completely coating chicken.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting several times.

Tip: Can't find MSPI-friendly liquid smoke? Try substituting a teaspoon of MSPI-friendly Worcestershire sauce. The sauce won't have the smoky flavor, but it'll still taste mighty good.


Sheila said...

Where did you find your mspi friendly liquid smoke... Coming to omaha tomorrow!

Andrea said...

I honestly don't remember, Sheila. It's been collecting dust on my shelf for quite some time. I'm away from home right now, or else I would tell you at least what brand it is. If you can't find the liquid smoke, then try the Worcestershire sauce. It works great, too!

Sheila said...

I found some at Whole Foods and should have bought it but got scared with the caramel coloring. Since discussing it on the listserve this afternoon I wish I had grabbed it!

I also thought worcestershire had soy in it and that's why it was a no no - but I've googled it and I think I'm completely wrong. Is worcestershire safe too? I have a1 in the fridge. What do you think of using that?

Andrea said...

Some brands of Worcestershire are MSPI-friendly and others contain soy protein. Lea & Perrins is MSPI-friendly. It'll definitely work in this recipe.