This Cajun spiced chicken and potato bake is a one-pot wonder which will save you badly on those terribly hectic days like it saved me! Just mix it, shut it and forget it – dinner will be ready on its own!
Being a chicken lover has saved me and my hub many times since for me making a meal with chicken is the easiest thing on earth! And if you have an oven at your disposal then you are the luckiest person on earth too, not only because you will be able to create infinite number of amazing chicken dishes but also you won’t have to manually supervise the cooking entire time.
I have been in love with my oven since I discovered how miraculous it could be especially with chicken. The baked chicken turns out super juicy and succulent inside and rustic on the outside which we like best with chicken. This Cajun spiced chicken and potato bake is no exception. I used drumsticks here but you can use practically any cut you like, except the boneless chicken breasts which are very tender itself and get cooked too quickly.
It was a real hectic day and I wanted a super quick dinner which I won’t have to monitor too. So I came up with this quick bake recipe where I just had to mix the chicken and potatoes with the Cajun spice mix and shut them into the oven. You may need to baste the chicken couple of times but for that you can make your dearest hub work! I did braise the chicken quickly prior to baking just get a nice caramelization on the outside.
This recipe is also a pick-me-up simply because of its wonderful aroma. If you are exhausted at the end of the day and thinking of skipping the dinner, its delightful aroma will surely make you hungry instantly.
Another thing I must warn you about is the potatoes. Whenever I bake potatoes with chicken, they get over faster than the chicken. Being baked with the chicken, potatoes get infused with the chicken juices and acquires an incredible taste. I simply can’t describe it in words; try it and will immediately agree with me!
You can also throw in some onions cut into wedges which will taste amazing too. This recipe can basically be considered as a template recipe which you can customize to your liking and it will turn up best every single time. Try it out for dinner tonight and don’t forget to let me know how you liked it!
- Chicken legs with thigh – 6
- Baby potatoes – 500 gms
- Cajun spice mix – 2 + ½ tbsp
- Garlic powder – 1 tbsp
- Olive oil – 5 to 6 tbsp
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven at 200 C / 400 F and set the wire rack at the lowest level.
- Wash and pat dry the chicken legs. Make couple of incisions into the thick meaty part of the chicken.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Cajun spice mix, garlic powder and salt on both sides of the chicken and rub them really well. Let them sit at room temperature for half an hour.
- Wash the potatoes very well to get rid of all muds. Cut each of them into half. Sprinkle the remaining half tablespoon of Cajun spice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt to taste and give the potatoes a good mix.
- Heat about 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken legs and braise them until golden brown on both sides. This will take about 5 minutes per side on medium-high heat. Do not over-crowd the pan as that would lead to steaming instead of braising; you may need to do it in batches.
- Once the chicken legs are being braised, coat the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil and keep it ready.
- Place the braised chicken legs on the prepared baking dish in a single layer. Tuck in the potatoes between the gaps. Drizzle some more olive oil on top.
- Bake the chicken and potatoes in preheated oven for about an hour or until the internal temperature of thickest part of the chicken registers 165 F in an instant read thermometer. You can also cut into the thickest part and if there is no pink left in it and juices run clear, the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Potatoes should have been cooked by now and the cut side nicely caramelized.
- Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm and enjoy!