Raise your hand if you are on a budget! You can’t see me, but I have two hands waving around in the air. Groceries are expensive!
Drew put me on a strict grocery budget a few months ago because my baking addiction had really gotten out of hand. I have a set amount that I can spend each month so I have to budget out my funds each week.
Well, you know how that goes.
At the beginning of the month you go a little over because, “I’ll just cut back at the end of the month.” Well the ‘end of the month’ happened last week and we had $13 left in our grocery budget but 11 days to go.
While Drew was calling both sets of parents to see if we could schedule supper at their houses, I was looking through Pinterest to see what I could make out of what we had left in our cabinets: cheese, Oreos and sour cream.
Not good, people.
While digging through our freezer I saw some chicken thighs that I bought a few weeks ago. Hallelujah! I had never even eaten a chicken thigh before let alone cooked one. Drew and I usually just eat white meat so we were a little skeptical. But…it was either this or Oreo casserole. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I ended up finding a recipe that seemed pretty easy and required only a few ingredients. Y’all, this has become one of my absolute favorite meals EVER. We made it twice last week! I will definitely be adding it to my meal rotation. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
· 4-5 bone-in chicken thighs (I prefer to cut the fat off of mine but you can certainly leave it on for more flavor)
· Vegetable Oil
· BBQ Sauce (any kind)
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Wrap a cookie sheet with tin foil, your future self will thank you for this. Place a baking rack on top of your cookie sheet.
2. Prep your chicken. Trim any excess fat and season both sides with some salt and pepper.
3. Heat your cooking oil in a medium to large skillet on medium high. When the oil starts to shimmer place the chicken pieces in skin side down. Let them cook for a couple minutes and then flip and cook the flesh sides for a couple minutes. Once they are a nice brown color, you’ll place them skin side up on the baking rack.
4. Bake the pieces skin side up without any sauce for 20 minutes. Do this without sauce at first to crisp the skin a little more and render off any excess fat. If you put the sauce on now it would burn.
5. After the first 20 minutes are up, pull out the chicken and brush the skin side with sauce and flip over. Brush the flesh side with sauce. Be generous! Put the chicken back in the oven (flesh side up) and bake for another 20 minutes.
6. Pull the chicken back out, brush the flesh side with another coat of sauce, then flip over and coat the skin again. Now we’ll put it in for the last 25 minutes! It should be done now but if you’re nervous check it with a meat thermometer. It should register at 165 degrees. If not, stick it back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
Chicken thighs are one of the cheapest cuts of meat at around $1.99/pound or less if you’re lucky. They are super moist and full of flavor. Give them a try, you don’t know what you’re missing!
Hope you enjoy!
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