Another Family Favorite!

This brings back so many memories of a happy, greedy childhood where we couldn’t stop ourselves from stuffing our faces with our mum’s delicious, delectable, mouth-watering,finger-licking, jaw-dropping….I could go on but I’m sure you get the picture…amazing chicken drumsticks recipe. I remember I used to ask my mother to make more drumsticks in each batch so that we had enough to eat well in the day and have some leftovers for a cold-cuts breakfast or a warm lunch! And my Ammi used to say, “Nida control yourself!” Hahahahaaa.

I have to say the plus point those days was that it didn’t matter what we ate and how much we ate, we stayed thin as ever…probably because we ran around like crazy little people all day from one physical activity to another. Now we don’t eat even half as much but since we spend more time sitting down, the calories and fat is all piling up! And it’s not a pretty sight 😉

Any who I don’t mean to turn you off from cooking so here’s my family recipe for simple and easy drumsticks that are absolutely delicious and once you try these I’m sure you will enjoy making these again and again. I’ve used the same recipe to roast a whole chicken as well with excellent results. I also add in some vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, peas, corn, beans, broccoli, and aromatics like, onions, garlic, lemon in the pan with the chicken to make a complete meal of it. Happy cooking everyone!

                                                                   

Ingredients

  • 900gms (about 12) chicken drumsticks, skin-off, bone-in
  • 2 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 4-6 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive oil

Method

  1. Mix the red chilli powder with the lemon juice and vinegar into a paste and rub it all over the drumsticks. Marinade at least for an hour or preferably overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius. Place the drumsticks in a roasting tin and drizzle them with the olive oil. Cover the roasting tin tightly with foil and place in the oven on the middle rack. At this point turn down the heat to 180 degrees Celcius and leave to roast for one hour and a half.
  3. After an hour and a half, remove the foil covering the roasting tin and place back in the oven uncovered for another 35-40 minutes. 
  4. If cooking the drumsticks with the skin on, after approximately 30 minutes, turn up the heat in the oven to 200 degrees Celcius and turn on the overhead grill. Roast for 5-7 minutes or until the skin crisps up. Turn over the drumsticks in the pan to crisp up the skin in the other side. And your dinner is ready to serve!

I’ve also made the same recipe on the stovetop in a large pot with a heavy, tight fitting lid. Just cook it on a medium low flame for approximately 2 hours, turning the drumsticks over just once or twice to keep them from catching onto the bottom of the pan. So suit yourselves and enjoy a happy home cooked meal with your family and friends! Do share how your dish turns out. Thanks!

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