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    Carnival Chicken

    Carnival Chicken

    Today I’m sharing with you another recipe that I grew up eating called Carnival Chicken! It was actually my uncle’s recipe that he created and my mom used to make often when we were younger. Now, I find myself making this recipe when I want a quick and easy meal that doesn’t require much preparation. With less than five minutes of prep time and then just popping it into the oven for less than a hour, this chicken dish is about as easy as they come. And let tell you, the aroma that will fill your home once it starts baking is incredible! Hubby always knows when I’m baking this as soon as he walks in the door from work!

    Carnival ChickenSo as I was prepping to write this post, I was in touch with my uncle to ask for specific recipe details (because this is truthfully the ONLY recipe I eyeball and not measure) and while talking to him I realized that I was actually making it differently all along from what his original recipe was. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve actually had his original version because my mom makes it the same way as I do (ok, truthfully I make it the same way SHE does!). So without even realizing it, this is truly an original recipe!

    Carnival Chicken

    I almost never post “before” pictures of my food because truthfully, it’s never all that pretty. But not so with this dish! The before is actually the prettiest, right after you’ve drizzled all the sauces over the chicken legs. Also, as I said above, this is literally one of the only recipes I eyeball the ingredients. I’m not an eyeballer normally. I like recipes with precise measurements. But with this one, I grew up watching my mom make it and she never used measurements either. So I wanted to show you the before picture so you can an idea of what it should look like once you added all your sauces.

    Carnival Chicken

    Carnival Chicken
    Serves 4
    The easiest and super delicious baked chicken dish that will leave your home smelling amazing!
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    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    45 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    45 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    1. 1 package of chicken legs
    2. 1/4-1/3 cup BBQ sauce
    3. 1/4-1/3 cup Mustard
    4. 1/4-1/3 cup Ketchup
    5. Salt & Pepper, to taste
    6. 1 tbsp granulated garlic powder, to taste
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Spray a 9x13 dish with non-stick spray
    3. Place the chicken legs in the dish, with a little bit of space between each (don't overcrowd)
    4. Sprinkle legs with with salt, pepper and granulated garlic
    5. Drizzle legs with ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce
    6. Take a silicone food brush and brush the entire legs with the sauce, making sure they are covered
    7. Add a little bit of water to the bottom of the dish
    8. Cover with tin foil and bake for roughly 45 minutes* or until done
    1. * Cooking times will vary depending on individual ovens
    2. * You may want to adjust the amount of ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce to your taste
    3. * I sometimes take the foil off the chicken near the end to brown the legs just before they are finished baking
    Adapted from Uncle Ziggy Dean
    Adapted from Uncle Ziggy Dean
    Amidst the Chaos https://amidstthechaos.ca/
     Well there you have it! Probably the easiest baked chicken dish you will ever have! This is what I call “Winner, winner chicken dinner” because not only is it so quick to put together, but everyone LOVES this dish. No complaints, just finger-licking goodness!

    Love & Blessings,




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  • Reply jessica July 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

    WHAAAAT! I love mustard chicken, my kids love ketchup, the hubby loves bbq sauce, and we all love baked chicken….I think this might be a winner Christine!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      AHHH!!! So awesome! It’s like I knew! Ha! Let me know how it turns out for you guys! xox

  • Reply T Austin July 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Looks great! And so easy too!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Super duper easy! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Stephanie July 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Sounds delish and a welcome addition to my baked chicken rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Dayne July 27, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Typically…I don’t like chicken on the bone. But for this recipe, I can make an exception!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      You know what, I’m not a huge fan of that either and this is really one of the only bone-in chicken leg recipes I will eat!

  • Reply Haley July 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Those look very good, and I am not just saying that because it’s lunch time.
    Have a Great Week,
    Haley from http://haleysvintage.com

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations July 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    That before picture IS gorgeous, which I rarely say about pictures of raw chicken. 😉 And I love that the ingredients are simple, it’s always my favorite when I already have everything for a recipe in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing Christine!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Haha, right?! My pleasure…enjoy! xox

  • Reply momwithfive July 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    It looks delicious! I’ll try it… my five children will love it.

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Let me know how it turns out! xox

  • Reply Bree Talks July 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Very interesting! I’ve never seen that done before! It’s so pretty on the baking sheet! Maybe the kids could actually help with this one……or is that too optimistic? 🙂

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Oh they could definitely help! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Shannon Ketchum July 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This looks delicious and so easy and the ingredients I almost always have on hand. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Exactly! Super simple! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply jessica lynn July 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    This sounds awesome and SO easy, which I’m all about! Thanks for sharing—totally pinning!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Awesome! And my pleasure! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Brittany Bergman July 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    How easy and delicious! I’m sure this is a big crowd-pleaser for summertime events!

  • Reply Jaclyn July 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I never would have thought to use all those condiments on chicken, but my son LOVES “dip” and would probably devour this! Savings for the husband!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Right?! Haven’t met someone who doesn’t like it yet! xox

  • Reply Leslie July 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Yum this looks really good! I don’t eat a lot of red meat but I do eat turkey & chicken.

  • Reply Cynthia @craftoflaughter July 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    This looks easy, quick, and delicious! So going to try it

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Awesome! Let me know how you like it! xox

  • Reply Brooke Knipp July 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Could you have made it a little easier, you know for those of us that aren’t pros? 😉 That’s an awesome throw-together recipe and I bet it’s delicious! You have yet to steer me wrong, so I’m going to have to try this, too!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Lol seriously though…so easy! Let me know how you guys like it! xox

  • Reply Stefanie (@LexieLooDylan2) July 28, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Pinned it! It looks delicious!

  • Reply Jo-Anne July 28, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Love love love this meal. Just made it the other day for dad and I. I don’t buy chicken with bone in as a rule anymore. So, I adjust the cooking time (about 15-20 minutes less) but the smell, taste and satisfaction is all the same. Great with chicken thighs and/or breast without skin/bones.

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks Mom! So glad you made this for us growing up! xox

  • Reply Tiffany K July 28, 2015 at 7:44 am

    oh my gosh! This looks yummy! I am definitely going to have to try it!!!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out! xox

  • Reply Brooke July 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Wow this recipe is so easy! And I would definitely post before pictures, it helps the readers so much! Thanks

  • Reply Pam July 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

    How easy is this?!!! Totally going to try this! Thanks for posting!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      So super easy! Let me know how you guys like it! xox

  • Reply Lauren White July 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Wow. This looks like the perfect summer dinner! I can’t wait to make this over the weekend!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out! xox

  • Reply Ai July 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Gotta try this! I always find good deals on chicken legs, but I’m tired of the same stuff I make with them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Tessa July 28, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    To me, this looks delicious! This might have to be a lunch meal for us though–the husband absolutely hates ketchup and mustard (and mayo)! It’s unreal to me!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Lol! Now I will say, once cooked, I don’t think you can tell what was in the “sauce” so maybe give it a try, don’t tell him what’s in it and see what he says 😉

  • Reply Jess Beer July 29, 2015 at 9:26 am

    OMG that looks so good! Totally pinning this for later!

    • Reply Christine July 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Jess! Let me know how it turns out for you! xox

  • Reply Pam August 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I made this the other night with organic ketchup, mustard and barbecue sauce. It was sooo yummy!!

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