You know friends, from time to time, even the most motivated person needs a little inspiration. That’s what happened to me last week when it came time to cook dinner for my family. Of course  I have my go-to list of recipe favorites but there absolutely nothing there that got me excited to get in the kitchen.  So, I decided to search a few blog sites from a couple of my friends to see what they’d been cooking.  I found all kind of good things from appetizers to main meals to desserts and seeing all that beautiful, delicious food got my creative juices flowing again…thank goodness!

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I jotted down a few ideas then started “shopping my pantry” for ingredients.  For the items I didn’t have on hand, I headed to my local farmers market then to the grocery to grab everything I needed. At that point I was ready to cook!  Here’s one of the recipes I came up with and we enjoyed these sticky, flavor packed chicken legs last night.  I have to give a great big THANK YOU to my friend Leah who inspired my dish.  You can find her delicious chicken leg recipe here…

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Orange Garlic Chicken Legs

8-10 chicken legs
1 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 cup orange marmalade
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic – minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (1/2 teaspoon if using dried)
2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • In a medium size bowl mix soy sauce and remaining 6 ingredients.
  • Place chicken pieces in a large zip lock bag.  Reserve 1/3 cup of marinade pouring remaining over chicken.
  • Place in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment or tin foil.  Fit all chicken pieces on pan and place in oven.
  • Cook for 20 minutes.  Baste chicken with marinade and turn.  Cook additional 20 minutes.
  • Baste chicken and turn once more.  Cook for 10 minutes or until chick is thoroughly cooked and browned.
  • Drizzle with remaining sauce and serve.
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I’ve shared my recipe on the The Weekend Potluck from The Country Cook. Make sure to head over and check out lots of great recipes!