Recently I expressed my affinity for the grocery store Fresh and Easy. Here is another greatest hit that has come out of the Fresh and Easy gates.
-Fresh and Easy Mojo Criollo marinade ($1.99)
-Fresh and Easy chicken thighs ($4.00)
What’s cool about the Fresh and Easy chicken thighs is all you have to do is open up the lid, wash the chicken, take out the little paper under the chicken and….
pour in your marinade. It’s so easy a caveman can do it.
Cover with foil.
Put the tub in the fridge and let it marinate for 24 hours to get the full effect of the marinade.
After 24 hours you can now bake your chicken. I’m a single man so I don’t need to be eating 8 pieces of chicken in one sitting so I use a pie pan to bake 3 pieces. Wait, lemme take that back. I would love to eat 8 pieces of chicken in one eating, but I also want to live for, say, another 30 years or so.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Cover your pie pan with foil and poke a couple holes in the foil for ventilation. If you don’t poke holes in the foil the liquid doesn’t have any way to escape when it starts to boil. If it doesn’t have a way out then you’ll have a nice little marinade orgasm to clean up in your oven. Trust me, you’re not going to feel sleepy after that orgasm.
Put your pie pan in the oven and cook at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, a good indication to know that your chicken is cooked all the way through is that it no longer “bleeds”. To check if it “bleeds”, take a knife and slit your chicken to the bone. If blood starts to come from this slit then your chicken is NOT cooked all the way through. If that’s the case, bake until your chicken no longer “bleeds”. However, if you do have a meat thermometer, you want the inside of your chicken to be at 160 degrees.
Cooking chicken all the way through is just as important as not fornicating with your friend’s wife. They will both cause you to be put in the hospital, jail or the grave. Donut do it. Yeah, I said donut do it. Makes sense, yeah?
After you checked that your chicken is cooked through, we’re gonna want the outside of the chicken to crispy up. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like my chicken to have soft, mushy skin. I want my chicken skin to be a tad bit more dryer and tougher than the inside. Not leather boot tough, but soft motorcycle jacket tough.
To toughen up the outside of your chicken, pour all the marinade out the pie pan and bake the chicken at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. This will create a cool outside layer while still keeping the inside of the chicken nice and moist.
Just in case the outside of the chicken gets too tough, pour the marinade in a glass. Pour a little of this marinade on your chicken just in case it gets too tough. Don’t drown it in the marinade. Just skim the outside with it.
In about 10 minutes you’ll have some golden brown baked chicken. Serve with potatoes and rice and everything nice. Chuuuuch!!!