Do you ever wonder WHY you’d want to buy 10 pounds of chicken at a time? Yes, buying in bulk often has benefits – and a lower price is only one of them! Preparing meals in bulk ALSO has benefits (and I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially if the dinner hour in your house is as crazy as it is in mine)!
You’ll sometimes find chicken leg quarters or drumsticks on sale for less than $0.50 per pound – and that’s a great time to stock up and freeze.
Wondering what to do with all of that chicken? Then here are some easy bone-in chicken recipes to get you started! (I especially looked for recipes with common ingredients you’re likely to have in your pantry!)
Simple Recipes for Bone-In Chicken Pieces: Leg Quarters, Drumsticks, Thighs, etc.
April’s Chicken Marinade from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
A mix of soy, honey, oil, ginger, dry mustard & garlic
Basic Brine for Moist Grilled Chicken
Soak a whole bird or pieces in this mixture of sugar, salt and water – and you’ll be amazed!
Black Dog Marinade from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
A marinade of soy, lemon, vinegar & garlic – to freeze with the chicken & enjoy later!
Berry Delicious Barbecue from Taste of Home
Amazing what condensed tomato soup, cranberry sauce & onion soup mix can do!
Chicken Spaetzle (Dumpling) Soup (easily substitute rice or noodles)
Use skinned bone-in chicken in soups for great flavor and health benefits!
Chicken Taco Rice from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
Use cooked, shredded chicken to create a taco filling perfect for nachos, tacos or salad topping! Use this ice cube trick to create single-serving portions!
Creamy Paprika Chicken from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
Skinned chicken pieces coated in a sauce of chicken broth, paprika & sour cream. Prep and freeze, then slow cook later. Great served over noodles!
Moist Lemon Chicken from Taste of Home
Mild lemon zing that keeps the chicken tender.
Simple Coq au Vin from A Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Adventures (slow cooker)
Brown chicken, then transfer to a slow cooker and let it cook for 8-10 hours for an elegant meal.
Slow Cooked Lemon Chicken from Taste of Home (slow cooker)
Brown chicken in a skillet, then let the crockpot do the rest – with garlic, lemon and oregano.
Tropical Island Chicken from Taste of Home
A marinade of soy, canola, garlic, ginger, and more!
Italian Chicken Bake from Stacey
- 3 chicken leg quarters
- 3 medium baking potatoes, diced
- 1 c. baby carrots
- 1 c. Lite Italian dressing (more or less to your taste)
- 1/4 c. grated Parmesan
- 1/4 t. black pepper
Arrange chicken, potatoes, & carrots in a sprayed 9×13″ baking dish. Pour dressing over the top. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Do you have a bone-in chicken favorite? Be sure to comment and share your recipe!