Almost Turkish Recipes

Chicken in a Bag (Fırın Torbasında Tavuk)

This is the easiest and yummiest chicken ever. You need whole chicken legs, thighs, drumsticks, or wings--bonny and fatty parts of chicken. This recipe doesn't go well with less fatty parts like breast.

6 chicken thighs
1 oven bag
juice of 2 lemons
paprika, enough to cover the thighs
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp oregano leaves
3 cloves of garlic, minced

-Place the chicken in a big bowl and squeeze lemons on top. Make sure every piece is covered with lemon juice. If you don't like the chicken smell like me, lemon juice takes it away. Add paprika(don't be stingy with it), oregano, black pepper, garlic, and salt. Mix them well with chicken. Let marinate for at least half an hour. Do not forget, the longer you marinate it the more tender it will become.
-Place an oven bag on a oven dish/tray so that its opening will be facing the side. Put marinated chicken in the bag side by side. Close the bag with a twisty tie. Make a couple of small holes on top with a knife. Bake it in preheated oven at 400 F for 45 minutes.
-If you want a very crispy top, after 45 minutes cut the oven bag on top and broil the chicken for 5-10 minutes.
-After you put the chicken in the bag, if you still have room put a couple of potatoes (cut in halves) and carrots (chopped into two or three pieces). They will be very very delicious.


  1. Thank you again!!! You always have great recipes--delicious and straightforward. I know that this will taste wonderful and be easy to make. And it's in a bag! Love that!

  2. Sher, thank you. You're so nice!

  3. Anonymous7:48 AM

    This recipe is delicious and so easy. Thank you!

  4. I absolutely love this recipe! My only change to it was to cook it in a casserole dish with foil on top. For the last 10 minutes I cook it with out the foil to get everything a bit crunchy. The vegetables come out sooo good!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Its going to have a permanent place in my recipe box!