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Roast chicken (legs and thighs only) seasonings?

I'll be roasting some chicken legs and thighs for hubby and myself tonight. Usually I just rub the chicken with some salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil and roast away. I thought that tonight, I'd do something a little different.

I own just about every spice and herb out on the market. I also have fresh basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme, mint and sage plants.

Please give me some ideas on how to season my roast chicken parts to change things up! And I guarantee I'll try a bunch of suggestions in the future.

Looking forward to your suggestions!

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  1. Start marinating them now in plain yogurt with plenty (*plenty!*) of garlic and cumin mixed in. If you have it, add corriander, garam masala (sp?), cinnamon, giner - all Indian-style spices. Remove, discard marinade, grill or roast, love.

    1. i'll second the yogurt but with lots of lemon juice and garlic. don't let it sit for more than 4 hours because the lemon will start to "cook" the chicken and make it rubbery.

      you can also pound garlic and thyme into butter and force that under the skin before baking.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        I have no yogurt, and I'm stuck at work until close to dinner time, so marinating at this point is out of the question.
        I will use both yogurt recommendations in the future though. I love Indian-flavored foods and stuff with lemon.

        1. re: QueenB

          what temperature and for how long? help! I have already started the marination process - got carried away!

      2. I'm a big fan of rosemary and the rosemary, red pepper flake chicken under a brick is a favorite, try those with your EVOO, salt and pepper. Sage is a natural with chicken would be a great alternative to your thyme as well. Thigh qtrs are a terrific value. Had some baked with Paul Prudhomme's Chicken Magic on them, just terrific. You are making me hungry.

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        1. re: dijon

          Put the sage leaves under the skin of the legs/thighs in a few place and rub the skin with butter, salt and pepper. Roast away.

        2. Coat w/ bread crumbs and parmesan - drizzle w/ butter and bake...sorry, don't have the exact recipe.

          1. pesto--under the skin. the pine nuts and olive oil make a nice, moist roast.