Recipe: Easy “Picnic Chicken”

Recipe for picnic chicken

Recipe: Easy 'Picnic' ChickenWe’re thrilled this week to introduce Nealey Dozier of the food blog, Dixie Caviar. Nealey is always cookin’ up fantastic recipes, and we’re excited to bring you a slew of them this week!  

This “Picnic Chicken” is perfect for effortless outdoor entertaining. I first discovered the simple yet sublime recipe in the Nantucket Open House Cookbook, an amazing, albeit retro tome dedicated entirely to warm weather cooking. I’ve adapted the method a bit over the years, but I never cease to be amazed at how just a few unassuming ingredients can yield such big results. It will be a family favorite in no time!

Picnic Chicken
Serves: 6 to 8
Bake this early in the day and forget about it. It’s just as good—if not better—at room temp as it is straight from the oven. Perfect for a picnic!
  • 6 – 8 bone-in chicken legs (See Notes)
  • ⅓ cup neutral cooking oil, such as canola or safflower
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Divide the chicken equally between two plastic zipper bags. Combine the oil, Dijon, and white wine in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture between the two zipper bags. Seal, pressing out any excess air, and allow to marinate a minimum of 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the chicken legs on a rimmed sheet pan, discarding the marinade. Season with salt and pepper. Bake the chicken until an instant read thermometer reads between 160° and165°F, 45 minutes to an hour. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Bone-in chicken legs ensure moist, succulent meat. You can sub bone-in thighs and/or drumsticks, but double the quantity of meat. (Marinade amount can remain the same.)

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Find more of Nealey’s delicious recipes on her blog, Dixie Caviar, or browse more recipe ideas on How to Decorate.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.