PB & J chicken legs? Did that title scare you just a little? Are you finally thinking that I really am crazy? …well, sometimes especially in the kitchen, but that just makes it more fun, or in this case, tasty!

This recipe was created from a story that a friend of mine was relating to me about her young daughter. She told me her daughter was “stuck” on a peanut butter and jelly kick. She was eating one for lunch and it was all she wanted for dinner. This kept going around in my mind as I was “stuck” on a peanut butter and jelly kick, too…for about a week. It was one of those cravings. You know the kind. The kind when you go and buy what you crave, eat it a few times and get tired of it all too quick. So, I was looking at two big jars staring back at me and I knew they would have to be used in another way. I kept thinking about the famous grape jelly and chili sauce meatballs that everyone seems to love…except me! Then I thought about how much I like peanut sauce; Then I got this idea…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken: This recipe is an easy one and you will be surprised by the flavors. The peanut butter helps keep the chicken juicy and the jelly gives the chicken a nice glaze to lick off your fingers! This recipe is for 6 chicken legs or chicken thighs. Take care in the kitchen when handling raw chicken.

PB & J Chicken

PB & J Chicken Legs
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PB & J Chicken Legs

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken legs (or thighs)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 cup grape jelly or jam
  • 1 TBSP chicken stock
  • dashes of hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450*
  2. Spray a broiler pan with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  3. Mix together peanut butter, olive oil, cinnamon, and ginger.
  4. Use fingers to gently loosen the skin around the chicken leg. Pat dry.
  5. Stuff the peanut butter mixture under the skin. Make sure to get it under the skin to prevent it from burning.
  6. Place the chicken on the pan with the legs facing inward.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until internal temperature is 165*.
  8. In a saucepan, mix together jelly, chicken stock, and hot sauce (if using). Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Brush the grape jelly mixture on the chicken. Return to the oven. Broil for 3-5 minutes.
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That’s it! A plate piled high with hot chicken doesn’t last long when a hungry hubby comes home. It is one of his favorites and well as my friend’s little girl. PB & J Chicken

Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: Think about how the flavors would change with different jelly or jam flavors. I can’t wait to try orange marmalade next. I love orange and ginger. What about adding soy sauce in place of the olive oil for an Asian flair? What do you like on your PB & J sandwich? Could you add any of those flavors to this chicken? If you like it very spicy, replace the olive oil with hot sauce and change the seasoning to cayenne and paprika!

FOOD FUN: A study reports that the average American will have eaten 1,500 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches before graduating high school! Sure my friend’s little girl is ahead of that in elementary school! But isn’t there something about sitting down with a PB&J sandwich and a cold glass of milk that reminds you of sitting down with an old friend? It takes me back to those school days with my Happy Days lunch box, table full of friends and a hidden little note from my mom. Sometimes life is as simple as a good old-fashioned PB & J…or Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken!

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  • August 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm
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    Never would have imagined using peanut butter and jelly in this fashion. However, I must tell you it is ABSOLUTELY mouthwatering delicious! Truly a new twist for chicken. Quick and easy recipe and indeed a crowd pleaser. Thanks Susanne. 🙂

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