Oven Baked Chicken (To Go)

For those of you who haven’t heard, my mother doesn’t cook. She’s almost 95. She’s made her share of meals. Now its my turn. I cook for her, freeze things in individual-sized containers/packages and take them home when I can. She only lives about 2½ hours away. This is one of her staples. When ever I ask her what she wants, she says, “Chicken”. And this is how I make Mary-Mom’s chicken in bulk. This particular batch yielded 30 pieces of chicken and didn’t take much time or effort, except maybe for packaging.

Oven Baked Chicken (To Go)

Ingredients

  • Freezer bags
  • 2 LARGE packages of chicken thighs (Mom is Eastern European and prefers dark meat – so do I. I am my mother’s daughter and I think it tastes better)
  • Cooking spray
  • Seasoning
  • Chicken broth (approximately 3 – 4 cups)

Directions

Place chicken pieces (skin on, bone in) on baking sheets. In this case, two baking sheets.
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Spray with cooking spray then season well. I use Barnyard Seasoning made in a local market. There are plenty of other options; garlic & herb, rotisserie seasoning, Canadian Chicken Seasoning, Rosemary & Garlic, Lemon Pepper, plain old salt & pepper, just to name a few.
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Throw them in a preheated 350° F oven. This is a double-decker batch.
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Bake for about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours until well browned and cooked through. If you aren’t sure, cut into one. If there isn’t any pink left, its done.
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Cool until you can handle the chicken then package and label, or label then package, whatever. Be sure to add a few tablespoons of broth in each package to make sure it doesn’t dry out in the freezer.
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Freeze for future use or delivery.

Now, say it with me. You know how it goes.

Two large packages of thighs, $16.; seasoning, pennies; chicken broth, not much at all; freezer bags, a buck or two. Knowing Mom will have 30 entrees in her freezer soon, priceless!
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