I always felt that each source of protein had a different level of difficulty in both preparing and cooking it.
On the easier end of the spectrum is salmon, where it has the potential to taste absolutely delicious with just a few shakes of salt and pepper and a light squeeze of lemon. In my opinion, it is also one of the easiest things to cook because you can just slide it into a heated oven until cooked to the desired color.
Now on the opposite end of the spectrum is a bone in roast beef, where it has the unfortunate problem of having an strong taste of mediocre beef because no matter how many seasoning you rub on it, most of the time it has an off putting taste. It is also one of the hardest pieces of meat to cook because you have the risk of overcooking the area closer to the surface and leaving the center raw.
Then there are the pieces of protein that land smack dab in the middle of the spectrum: London boil, pork chops, and chicken.
Though chicken is one of the proteins that are easier to prepare and cook, that doesn’t mean that it is not without its faults. It is at as greater risk of being over cooked and tasting utterly bland.
This is why I wanted to share with everyone a recipe that I recently made that I feel eased these two problems, lemon brined chicken legs.
- 2lb Chicken Legs
- 2 Cup Water
- 5 Lemons (Juiced & Sliced)
- 3 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 1/3 Cup Salt
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- Mince the garlic and parsley. Juice and slice the lemons
- Place the chicken legs in a large plastic bag (twist-tie or Ziploc) and pour in the water, oil, salt, and squeezed lemon juice. Close the bag
- Put the bag of brining chicken in the refrigerator for at least six hours. It is best to brine the chicken over night
- Preheat the oven to 365F
- Remove the chicken legs from the brine and pat it dry with a paper towel (Patting it dry will prevent fires!)
- Place the chicken legs on a baking sheet and put in the oven. Cook until the chicken is fully cooked, about 30-45 minutes.
- Remove from oven, eat, and enjoy.
This lemon brined chicken recipe is very easy to make, leaves the chicken flavorful and juicy, all while leaving you the opportunity to get things done during the time of the brining!