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Five 5-Ingredient Chicken Recipes

So, what are the rosy moments of the week? A friend told me that because she is taking the same 4-mile walk every evening, she has been able to really watch spring arrive in slow motion. One day it was brown, then little green shoots started poking out of the ground, more and more every day, until voilà: daffodils. She said during a normal April she would have just looked up one day and thought, “Oh, daffodils!” But now there is an imposed mindfulness thanks to the current situation that makes us notice things that we might otherwise overlook in a normal rushy life.
 
Of course, during my quarantine, I also noticed that my bookshelves are downright grimy and that I seem to have collected more free tote bags than a department store. I also noticed that I have a lot of unmatched socks. And old handbags. And that I really like the show New Girl. And eating things out of Tupperware.
 
But now, as of Saturday night, I am back with my family, and I’m noticing that they seem pretty happy to turn back the kitchen to yours truly. There was a nice smattering of jokes about the Jack/Charlie/Dad 100, but ultimately they are glad to hand the reins back to the Mom 100.
 
I arrived with a stash of frozen chicken, to be defrosted as needed. I think a lot of you probably have some chicken in the freezer or the fridge waiting to become dinner. Here are five 5-Ingredient Chicken Recipes presenting themselves for consideration. In the following recipes—as with almost all of my 5-ingredient recipes—I don’t count oil or butter, or salt and pepper (or occasionally garlic, since that tips it over into six). Those are on you, and I hope you will agree that’s fair.  Also, garnishes aren’t counted in the total number of ingredients, because you can certainly just skip those if you don’t have them on hand. 
Whole chicken legs consist of the drumstick and thigh still attached and they are often the cheapest cut of chicken in the poultry section. They are quite overlooked, in general, but they are simply the dark meat quarter of the bird. You can of course cut them to separate the drumstick and the thigh, if you like, or you can bake them whole, as in this recipe, for a seriously juicy piece of chicken.

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A rolled chicken breast may look la-di-da fancybut it's really super easy to pull off with a tiny bit of patience. And this particular version rewards you with bacon and melted cheese. I feel like I can do a lot of things if there is bacon and melted cheese as part of the promise. Skip the sage if you don’t have it or don’t like it.

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This easy and versatile chicken recipe is perfect on its own or as a building block for any number of summer meals. If you can lay your hands on fresh herbs and you have the opportunity to grill, make a lot of it. You will use the chicken later in the week sliced or diced on all kinds of salads, from lettuce-based to vegetable to grain to bean. You can also shred it and make chicken salad, add it to pasta dishes, or thinly slice it and make a sandwich or a wrap.

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Rosemary and lemon are excellent partners. And thanks to a quick dredging in flour, and a searing pre-roasting, the skin of these thighs bakes up extra crispy. Rosemary lasts for a really long time, so it’s a very good fresh herb to have on hand. In a pinch, you can use one teaspoon of dried rosemary instead.

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If you are missing one of the spices, just leave it out, or sub in something else that seems compatible. Ancho chili powder for the chili powder, coriander for the allspice, or cloves (1/4 teaspoon) for the cinnamon, would all be good substitutions.

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