After eating like a glutton for a while and putting on a few pounds, I like to switch to a low-carb diet. I originally lost about 100lbs on Atkins, but it’s always a struggle to keep that weight off. Cutting carbs and working out hard seems to be the only sure-fire way for me to slim down, so I’ve learned how to cook and eat “low carb” well over the past 8 years.
When I’m not in the mood to experiment or spend lots of time in the kitchen, I go by the grocery store and pick up a bunch of Chicken Thighs. They’re SO cheap, and almost impossible to screw up. Here’s how I generally cook them.
This 10 pack of Chicken Thighs cost me under $6! The first thing I do is take them out of the package and trim back some of the skin. It’s entirely up to you if you like to do this, but I like just enough skin to cover the meat.
Next, I like to make a marinade. All you really need for this marinade is equal parts lemon juice and olive oil with a generous pinch of salt. The extra ingredients you add will make it your own creation.
I used the juice of two lemons, equal parts olive oil, a few chopped cloves of garlic, a pinch of dry thyme, salt, pepper and then Garam Masala, Coriander and Tumeric to give it a sweet spiced curry flavor.
Whisk the marinade together and then coat each piece, one at a time, making sure to get the marinade all over each piece. Cover these up and let them soak for 30 minutes to an hour.
Put the chicken on a sheet pan, and into a 350° oven for at least an hour. You can turn it up to 375° if you want it to cook and crisp faster.
After an hour, they’re still not quite crispy, even though they’re cooked in the middle. I leave them in for another half hour.
Now the skin is crispy and the chicken is still moist inside. Chicken Thighs are so foolproof that you could probably leave these in another 30-45 minutes and they’d still be tender and crispy. I accidentally left a batch in for over 2 hours once, and it was still great.
3-4 servings for under 6 bucks. Come on! How can you beat that?! Crispy, juicy and delicious. Thank you Chicken Thighs for always being there for me when i’m broke and low-carbing it!