I've been very lucky in my life to have been inspired and taught by remarkable women and cooks. One of them was my good friend Leona. I was in my mid twenties when we met and Leona was probably a good 16 years or so older than myself. She was and is a remarkably great home cook and this is one of her recipes which she shared with me all those years ago.
It's not much to look at, but it's really a very simple dish and uses things we all probably have in our kitchens all the time, with the exception of maybe the onion soup mix. I do always have a packet or two of that on hand . . . for dishes just such as this, but I know not everyone will.
It does not photograph very well . . . but don't judge this book by it's cover . . . it's really far, far more delicious than it looks!
You can use any combination of chicken pieces that you wish to use . . . legs, thighs, breasts, etc. Today I used boneless chicken breasts. You will obviously not need to cook them as long as you would the bone in pieces.
You simply whisk together simple ingredients . . . tomato ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, water, lemon juice . . . and pour them over the chicken in a baking dish. The dry onion soup mix is sprinkled evenly over top afterwards and then the whole thing is popped into the oven to bake.
I like to baste it every 15 minutes or so. The end result is tender chicken with a delicious sauce. Your family will think you have slaved all day, but that's okay . . . you don't need to tell anyone that you haven't! I have always said that it is the simple things in life that are the most delious of all.
*Leona's Lazy Chicken*Serves 4