If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you will probably want a Thanksgiving Day lunch that is light, portable, and quick to prepare. This will make it easy to multi-task and eat as you cook or clean, if necessary.
Oven Fried Chicken Legs
Oven fried chicken legs are the perfect dinner the night before Thanksgiving. Soak the chicken legs in buttermilk for a few minutes and then coat them with seasoned breadcrumbs. Spray the legs with non-stick spray and place them on a foil pan. Bake them at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until tender. Make a generous number of chicken legs because they will be delicious for Thanksgiving Day lunch because you can eat them cold. Wrap half of a napkin around the bottom of each leg and they will be convenient to carry if you are forced to eat on-the-run while you prepare your home for guests. Carrot sticks complement this Thanksgiving lunch perfectly and you can use the extras on a vegetable tray for guests in the evening.
If you are not a big eater, a smoothie lunch may be perfect while you are organizing your house. Blend together a frozen banana, a cup of plain yogurt, half a cup of ice and two tablespoons of peanut butter. Pour the mixture into a large glass and drink it with a straw as you clean and cook. This fast Thanksgiving Day lunch does not take up any space in the refrigerator and takes only minutes to prepare.
These easy Thanksgiving Day lunch recipes are perfect when you really do not have the time for lunch and yet need energy for your busy day. A heavier eater will enjoy the chicken legs, but a simple smoothie is perfect for the person who is saving her appetite for Thanksgiving dinner.