Rudy’s BBQ Chichen Legs

I love not having to think about breakfast this week – day 3 yesterday of a muffin on my way to work and a slice of the breakfast casserole mid morning.

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I’ve been storing the muffins in a ziploc bag so they stay fresher longer.  Just 20 seconds in the microwave and it tastes just like it came out of the oven.

I wore a new necklace yesterday – I bought this charm at the flea market over the summer and it got buried in my jewelry box and I just found it over the weekend.

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That was my workout mantra yesterday – it was legs and calves.  Um, I definitely have more leg muscles than arm muscles – my lowest weight was 40 pounds on the calf raises and I was able to do 100 pounds on the leg press.

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The only exercise I couldn’t do was the wide stance barbell squat:


I have absolutely no shoulder flexibility at all, and after just 4 squats my left shoulder was hurting too much, so I just used 10 pounds dumb bells in each hand and did my squats with those.

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That set took me about 25 minutes – I am really loving these strength days at lunch – makes me feel like a gym rat. Open-mouthed smile

For lunch I had leftover Cincinnati chili over spaghetti squash and baby spinach.  It’s funny I hardly ever think of spaghetti squash in the warm months, but as soon as the temps start to drop it ends up in my grocery cart.

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I bought chicken legs over the weekend – it wasn’t until I took this picture that I saw that they spelled it CHICHEN!

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I ended up grilling them on our gas grill – our thought was to sit outside and use the Weber, but there were storms all around us, so we didn’t chance it.  I used our tried and true method of cooking the chicken on a rack above a cast iron skillet – the fat drips in the pan and there are no flare ups, but you still get that smokey flavor.

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While the chicken grilled, I made another batch of Austin’s Rudy’s BBQ sauce.  You guys have to try this bbq sauce – it takes minutes to put together, and last night I only let it simmer for 20 minutes and it was perfect.

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The other secret to perfect bbq chicken is to not put the sauce on until the last few minutes – otherwise it will burn with the sugars in the sauce.  I finish them off on the grill so they get some char marks.

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Ready for my tummy! 

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This was a five napkin dinner – so good!  Jenn, I wish you liked meat on the bone because this would be an inexpensive dinner for your family – do your kids like meat off the bone, or is it just you that hates it?

Last night was cardio recovery, which I like to call my yoga night.  It’s slow muscle movements, LOTS of stretching and I am completely relaxed after the 30 minutes.  My Zen picture:

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Stats for the Day:

  • 20 minute Insanity abs before work
  • 25 minutes legs/calves at lunch
  • 30 minutes Cardio recovery after dinner


  • 1658 calories, 108 carbs, 139 protein, 77 fat and 26 fiber
  • 41% of calories from fat, 33% from protein and 25% from carbs
  • Calorie Count Grade: B

My parents in law are coming into town tonight.  My nephew is getting married this weekend.  AND it’s Tony’s birthday on Sunday!   I think I haven’t seen my PIL since last summer?  I can’t remember!  It will be nice to see them – my MIL is an awesome cook too – she’s the one who showed me hot to make risotto – and knowing my distain for onions, subbed in green apple and I’ve added that to my risotto ever since.

Another rainy morning, but I guess I have to get this show on the road – make it a great day!


36 thoughts on “Rudy’s BBQ Chichen Legs

  1. I don’t care for dark meat chicken, but those legs look amazing!

  2. Chichen! HA! Maybe it’s different, so my husband wouldn’t be allergic to it? !;-)

  3. Okay, you’ve convinced me. I have to try your BBQ sauce recipe. That chicken is making me drool this morning. Way to go with the workouts Biz, you are shrinking and getting so toned! BTW, my husband’s birthday is this Sunday too. Have a super day.

  4. Football and a birthday… Tony will be in “celebratory heaven” I am having visions of the yummy goodness you will create for him. You have convinced me I need to find a cast iron skillet at a yard sale soon.

  5. Those chicken legs look ridiculously good – Colin loves chicken legs – he’d be in heaven!!
    Have a great day!

  6. i want a baked potato NOW>>>>yummmm. Biz you are doing great in your exercise….keep it up.

  7. LOVE the necklace. SO cute. Please come to SC and teach me how to grill as well as you do! The muffins still look rocking.

  8. Love the ‘fly’ charm – thats awesome!! Your grilled chicken looks killer….great photos!

  9. Only two words come to mind for me seeing this post/pics [I know, don’t faint. I usually leave a thousand word comment, but. . . .]

    Those two words? SKINNY MINNY

    Wow Biz. You look faBU! xo J

  10. Hahaha,,,,,,chic-hen….so funny. Are those chichen’s from China??? Who knows now adays. But you sure can make a chic-hen look good and de-lish.

    I like your “fly” necklace, reminds me of the song “I’ll fly away old glory…I’ll fly away”

    I made pulled pork in the crock pot last night….should have tried your BBQ sauce for today….too late. Next time though.

    Have a great day!!!

  11. Isn’t your MIL also the one who has the banana bread that’s the bomb? Sounds like you’re going to be busy these next few days!

  12. I’m gonna try your method for chicken (or should I say chichen?) – that looks delicious!!! And I love your risotto recipe might have to give that a try soon.
    You are a total gym rat!!!

  13. What is it with meat counter errors?! Just yesterday, I could have bought a 2 pound package of chicken breasts for 3 cents because they screwed up the weight. I took it back and had them re-weigh it. Honest Abe I am…

    LOVE that zen picture of you – I need a little zen in my life right now. 🙂

  14. Sounds like you are going to be really busy. Have fun. You will be the hottest chick there!

  15. You are looking great!

  16. You are rocking the workouts! Go you! Insanity is on my to do list for next month! Eek!!

    Have a great weekend! Sounds like it’ll be fun! 🙂

  17. Sounds like you have a great weekend ahead!

    I follow this page on FB that’s called “language mistakes”. They post photo’s of writing mistakes in Dutch. It makes me laugh out loud sometimes.

    My body is the same like yours: I have very strong legs but my upper body is weak compared to the legs. Need to do more strength for that.

    Have a great weekend Biz.

  18. LOL, I thought you’d done a typo on your blog title today. Are you gonna make Tony a cake?

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