Baked Paprika Chicken

Another recipe that requires little effort!  The only thing that needed chopping was the garlic, which I used a small chopper to help me with it.

Time-Saver Tip 1:  Personal Spice Blends

These come in handy, especially during days when you can’t think of what to cook for the family (or even yourself). The paprika rub works for any other types of meat or even a couple of pinches to season for the vegetables, and you can make the rub in in advance. You can make these in big batches so that you can just grab 2 tablespoons of this to season half a kilo of meat.

One of my personal spice blends, ready for a busy da

Time-Saver Tip 2: Boneless Cuts of Meat

If you need less time to cook your food, consider buying boneless cuts of meat–in this case,  thigh fillets. This will allow the heat to spread quickly and you would only need to have these in the oven for only 12-15 minutes.

Time-Saver Tip 3: Marinating the Chicken

I learned this trick from Aaron and Claire in making Korean Fried Chicken, but basically, you can season your chicken and place in a microwave for 30-60 seconds, being careful not to start cooking the chicken (so usually 30 seconds is enough). It works! However, for my specific dish baked I prefer to keep them in the marinade for about 10 minutes before popping in the microwave.a1

Baked Paprika Chicken

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 35-45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or if you want to be bit more extravagant, use 2 tbsp mayo instead)
  • A couple sprigs of fresh thyme, or your favorite herb. You can also use dried herbs (but include it in the rub).

Paprika Rub:

  • 1/8 cup paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne powder
  • 1 sachet of Stevia or 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. In a microwaveable bowl or tray, marinate the chicken in lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then place in the microwave for 30 seconds, being careful not to start cooking the chicken.

2. Mix all ingredients in the paprika rub.

3. Toss the chicken thighs in the paprika rub and the olive oil or mayonnaise in a large bowl or zip lock bag.

4. Place chicken in a baking dish or tray along with a couple sprigs of fresh thyme or your favorite herb.

5. Place tray in the oven that has been preheated to 350-400 degrees. If you are using boneless chicken thighs, cook for 12-15 minutes. If you are using drumsticks, cook for 20-25 minutes. If you are using chicken thighs, cook for 45 minutes.

6. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.

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