Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes #SundaySupper

Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes |

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The days are rapidly shortening with gorgeous sunsets and crisp breezes. The mornings are foggy and surreal with the unmistakable smell of Fall in the air – perhaps it’s the crunchy leaves, damp from the dew or the smell of foliage dying and falling back to the Earth. The leaves that are left on the trees are golden and ruby and deep eggplant in color, bringing to mind a puffy quilt meant to cozy up under with a hot cup of apple cider, or better yet, a glass of wine.

Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes |

Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year, followed closely with winter. For me, Fall and food go hand in hand. From the holidays to the seasonal apples and pumpkins, you cannot help but think about the abundance of comfort food and recipes that will be flowing once that thermometer dips and the leaves start to change. Or at least I can’t.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I come from a family of Halloween enthusiasts as my parents always threw grown-up Halloween Parties while I was young. The tradition has stuck, and I couldn’t be happier now that I’m an adult and get to actually attend these gatherings. While we can’t make time for a sophisticated yet ghoulish celebration every year, I try to make time for a night of macabre festivities – even if it’s just an at-home dinner date with my husband.

Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes |

This year, my mind is turning toward dark dinner parties styled in an ancient, haunted mansion feel with dark food, rustic plates and sinister place settings. These Blackened Chicken Legs nestled atop a bed of blood red beets and shriveled baby potatoes make the perfect main course. Paired with goblets of blood red Gallo Family Merlot, I can’t think of a more well-suited Halloween dinner. The chicken legs are roasted in the oven along with the potatoes, making the preparation for the dish quite simple. The spices rubbed into the skin take on a blackened look and crispy texture, perfect for both a crowd or a small gathering at home.

Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes |

So be sure to take some time this Halloween to celebrate the eerie side of this festive holiday.

Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
kosher salt
cracked black pepper
8 chicken legs
28 ounces purple baby potatoes, scrubbed
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 baby beets


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

In a small dish, mix together paprika, cayenne, thyme, Italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Arrange the chicken legs on the parchment paper. Rub the chicken legs evenly with the spice mixture until each is well coated.

Bake chicken legs for ten minutes.

While chicken legs are baking, toss potatoes with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Spread potatoes on the baking sheet with the chicken legs and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender.

While the chicken and potatoes are cooking, fill a large sauce pan with water and add the beets. Cover and bring pan to a boil then remove the lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until beets are tender. Drain beets and use a paper towel to rub the skins off of the beets. Quarter the beets, season with salt and pepper and serve them along with the chicken and potatoes.


October 26th, 2014


When planning your Halloween menu, be sure to check out Gallo Family Vineyard’s selection of wines, especially their deep Merlot and lighter Red Moscato. While you’re there browsing the wine, stop to see their collection of Frightfully Fun Entertaining ideas that are sure to make your party a hit.

For more information on the Gallo Family of wines visit their website and store locator. There is even a $1 off digital coupon to use when stocking up for your own Halloween Dinner Party. Also be sure to follow Gallo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more Halloween inspiration.

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37 Responses to “Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes #SundaySupper”

  1. Hezzi-D — October 26, 2014 @ 7:19 am (#)

    These look delicious. I love how “Halloween-y” the purple potatoes make the dish look.

  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — October 26, 2014 @ 7:28 am (#)

    This looks so delicious and yummy! And spooky, with the colors. Great photo!

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  12. Liz — October 26, 2014 @ 10:26 am (#)

    Ooh, beets and chicken? Perfect for an adult Halloween dinner…somoody and delicious!

  13. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — October 26, 2014 @ 10:34 am (#)

    Love your noir mood!

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  15. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — October 26, 2014 @ 10:45 am (#)

    What a great mood your photos create for Halloween!! And the blackened chickened looks so, so good!

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  17. Jennie @themessybakerblog — October 26, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Fall is my favorite season, too! This chicken looks stunning.

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  19. Shaina — October 26, 2014 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    Sounds the perfect Halloween meal! I love the side of red beets and potatoes, yum!

    • Emily — October 28, 2014 @ 4:20 pm (#)

      Thanks so much, Shaina!

  20. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — October 26, 2014 @ 1:13 pm (#)

    Those chicken legs look so good I want to snatch them right out of the screen and I love roasted beets! Gorgeous photography too!!

  21. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — October 26, 2014 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    The flavors in these chicken legs sound amazing! I’ll have to put them on the menu soon!

    • Emily — October 28, 2014 @ 4:20 pm (#)

      Thank you, Brianne! I hope you love them as much as we did 🙂

  22. Cindys Recipes and Writings — October 27, 2014 @ 5:31 am (#)

    Beautiful pictures! I love the color you got on this chicken!

    • Emily — October 28, 2014 @ 4:19 pm (#)

      Thank you, Cindy!

  23. Alida — October 27, 2014 @ 6:33 am (#)

    Not only does this look delicious, but I also love the colors!

    • Emily — October 28, 2014 @ 4:19 pm (#)

      Thanks so much, Alida! I love the dark side of Halloween 🙂

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  25. Arlene @FlourOnMyFace — October 27, 2014 @ 11:44 am (#)

    I love Blackened Chicken! These look so delicious.

  26. Tammi @Momma's Meals — October 27, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    This looks and sounds delicious!! Love the spookiness behind it!

  27. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — October 27, 2014 @ 8:38 pm (#)

    Love the colors and textures here…definitely spooky! I love drumsticks…like a giant version of my favorite part of chicken wings — the drum!

    • Emily — October 28, 2014 @ 4:18 pm (#)

      Thanks, Wendy!

  28. Katie — October 27, 2014 @ 10:55 pm (#)

    I love how spooky this dish looks – such a creepy mood it elicits! The beets and potatoes add such great color…

    • Emily — October 28, 2014 @ 4:18 pm (#)

      Thanks so much, Katie!

  29. Sarah — October 28, 2014 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    This would be absolute HEAVEN on my table!

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