Best Ever Chicken Legs

April 2nd, 2011

While still in Florida, we had a family get together at my nephew Paul’s home.  My Brother grilled shrimp, pork tenderloins and these moist and delicious chicken legs.  Bill is a grilling genius and is pretty particular about the way things should be done.  He cooks only on a charcoal grill and doesn’t think much of gas grills.  He has been making these chicken legs for years.  He said they were my Dad’s favorite.  I can believe it.  He has a secret ingredient and I am now sharing it with the world. . . . . . or at least the small part of the world that comprises those who follow my blog.  Drum roll please.

It is Wish Bone’s Western salad dressing.  I have never looked for this dressing before, so I don’t know if it is in my grocery store or not.  Is it in yours?  I will look the next time I am shopping.  Whatever is in it gave the chicken the most wonderful flavor.  There was not a single chicken leg left on the plate at the end of the meal.  Granted there were kids galore coming and going in their bathing suits, but what better pick-up-and-go kind of food could you find.

As far as a recipe, I can’t be precise.  Season the chicken legs with salt, pepper, garlic powder and any other seasoning that you like.  Bill said to cook the chicken legs for about 45 minutes on a charcoal grill turning occasionally,  Brush on the salad dressing and cook turn and baste for another 15 minutes or so.

This was the rest of the spread.  Everything was delicious.  Barb made her famous potatoes which I blogged about here.  Thank you Paul and Michelle for a great meal and even better company.

10 responses to “Best Ever Chicken Legs”

  1. Donnie says:

    I was planning on feeding the grandchildren and Daniel tonight and wondered what to make for dinner. Thanks for the meal plan. Looks yummy.

  2. Haden News says:

    The chicken legs look so good, I will have to look in my grocery stores for the secret ingredient 🙂

  3. Great chicken legs Penny. Like the others, I’ll have to see if I can find this secret ingredient.

  4. A fantastic meal to share with family and friends!!!!

  5. Pondside says:

    That looks like a meal from summer – wonderful colour, and I’ll be it smelled amazing. I don’t know if we get Wishbone dressing up here. I’ll have to look.

  6. Lyla says:

    Maybe Bill should get a distributorship for the salad dressing because I, too, can’t wait to make the succulent-looking chicken legs–though I don’t think I’ve ever before used the words succulent and chicken legs together in the same sentence.. I remember thinking when you left for Florida after a busy summer and early fall that you could finally get a rest. I think you were even busier in Florida, but it was all good. Thanks for sharing your recipes and time there with us. Now we’re eagerly awaiting the next chapter of your North Carolina life–and isn’t there a trip to Alaska somewhere in your future?

  7. Rita says:

    Not easy to cook chicklen legs on the grill. Don’t you just love you when someone finally shares their cooking secret; for me it is totla bliss. What a great photo of that spread. We came home to snow….

  8. I’ve never heard of this “Western” dressing, but I am going to keep my eye open for it! Thanks for sharing.

  9. nice spread of food, looks yummy!

  10. Robin Sue says:

    I love learning about secret ingredients. I have never seen that dressing before. Oh I love a good hunt!

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