Baked Chicken Legs with Cream of Mushroom: A Delectable Delight
There’s something truly magical about the aroma of a savory dish wafting through the air, promising a hearty and satisfying meal. If you’re a fan of comfort food with a touch of elegance, then you’re in for a treat. In this culinary adventure, we’ll explore a recipe that’s sure to tickle your taste buds and leave your family and guests craving for more – Baked Chicken Legs with Cream of Mushroom.
Chicken is a versatile protein that lends itself beautifully to countless recipes, but when it’s paired with a rich and creamy mushroom sauce and baked to perfection, it takes on a whole new level of deliciousness. This dish strikes the perfect balance between rustic and refined, making it suitable for both weekday dinners and special occasions.
The star of the show here is the cream of mushroom sauce. Its velvety texture and earthy flavor complement the tender, juicy chicken legs, creating a harmonious blend of tastes and textures that will have you savoring each and every bite. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to prepare, making it an ideal choice for home cooks of all skill levels.
So, whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests, satisfy your family’s cravings, or simply indulge in a comforting meal, this Baked Chicken Legs with Cream of Mushroom recipe is a winner. Without further ado, let’s dive into the details of how to create this culinary masterpiece.
1/4 cup flour you can use gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 lb chicken legs about 3-4 large chicken legs
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 oz mushrooms each sliced in half
3 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon olive oil if needed1 cup chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
How To Make BAKED LEGS WITH CREAM OF MUSHROOM:
In a small bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. On a large plate, dredge chicken legs in this seasoned flour mixture
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
Add chicken legs skin side down and brown for about 4 minutes until the skin turns a nice golden color.
Flip chicken legs over to the other side and brown the other side for about 3 minutes.
Remove browned chicken legs and set them aside. Also, remove those parts of olive oil that got too dark from browning the chicken with flour mixture.
To the same, now empty skillet, add mushrooms (sliced in half) and minced garlic, add an extra tablespoon of olive oil (if needed) and saute them together on medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add chicken stock to the skillet, scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and stir.
Place chicken legs back in the pan.
Bring the chicken stock to boil, cover, and reduce heat to simmer on low-medium.
Simmer chicken legs for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked through and the juices run clear when chicken is cut in the middle.
Remove the cooked chicken legs to a plate and keep warm.
Turn the heat under the skillet to medium-high, and simmer the mushroom sauce for about 4 minutes until it is reduced by about a third.
Stir in the 1/2 cup heavy cream into the mushroom sauce and simmer for another 2 minutes on low-medium heat, constantly stirring and scraping from the bottom of the skillet, until the sauce gets thicker.
Add chicken legs back to the skillet to warm them up.
Pat the chicken legs dry with paper towels before seasoning and searing. Dry chicken results in a better sear.
Don’t rush the mushroom cooking process. Let them brown for maximum flavor.
If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, transfer the mushroom sauce and chicken to an oven-safe dish before baking.
Note: Nutrition facts are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes.
Calories per serving: 450
Baked chicken legs with cream of mushroom sauce is a culinary masterpiece that combines the succulence of tender chicken with the rich, creamy goodness of mushroom sauce. This dish is versatile and perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions. With a balance of protein and indulgence, it’s a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone asking for seconds.
So, whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just getting started in the kitchen, this recipe is a must-try. With our pro tips, you’re on your way to creating a memorable meal that will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. Enjoy the savory delight of this dish, and share it with family and friends to spread the joy of good food.
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