Baked Chicken Legs for School Lunches

Last week our young man came home from school, and told me that the canteen had delicious chicken legs on the menu. Apparently his friend had ordered them, and shared one (thanks, Master K!). Would he like some in his lunch? Oh, yes, he most certainly would!

So I checked out the school canteen menu, and discovered that they offer 3 BBQ chicken drummettes for $3. Pretty reasonable price, considering they are prepared fresh at the canteen. And canteens offer a great service, so I am certainly not going to tell you not to use them! But if I can make something at home, and I have the time and the ingredients, then I’ll give it a go. Continue reading

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Baked Chicken Drumsticks

I found that I haven’t tried many new recipes lately, so have been rectifying that over the past week. If you follow my Facebook page you would have seen another couple of recipes that I have tried. I didn’t take any photos of them, so there was no point adding them here 🙂

But tonight I had some chicken drumsticks in the fridge that needed cooking, so off I went to Pinterest to see what it had to offer. And I came up with this:

http://www.kitchenwithmommy.com/2014/01/wowza-baked-chicken-drumsticks.html

wowzer chicken drumsticks

Looks delicious, doesn’t it? And simple – olive oil, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper.

Wowza Baked Chicken Drumsticks (serves 4-6)

Ingredients
6 chicken drumsticks (I left the skins on)
olive oil
paprika
garlic powder
salt (I used sea salt)
fresh ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place drumsticks in a 9×13 baking dish, and rub the drumsticks with enough olive oil to lightly coat them on all sides.  Sprinkle the drumsticks with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
3. Bake drumsticks at 375 degrees for 22 minutes.
4. Flip the drumsticks, sprinkle them again with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and bake at 375 degrees for an additional 23 minutes (so they are in the oven for 45 minutes total) until the skin is golden brown and the juices run clear.

The recipe calls for garlic powder, but I have never used that. So I finely chopped 2 fresh garlic cloves.

Here’s mine ready for the oven:

chicken drumsticks

Following the directions, (and another trusty pin giving me the conversion of Fahrenheit to Celsius) I baked it at 190C for 22 minutes, then turned the drumsticks and baked them for another 23 minutes. As Caroline suggests, I cooked potato wedges to serve with the drumsticks, along with carrot and beans.

Of course, I didn’t take a photo of the finished product, sorry 😦

I can’t say that these are ‘the most flavorful chicken drumsticks I have ever made’, however the meal was all eaten without any fuss. Perhaps I need to buy a new bottle of paprika and try again. Maybe there will be more flavour then.

I haven’t had much luck finding any fantastic new recipes lately. The other 2 that I have tried recently were nice, but not spectacular. You can see which ones they were on my Facebook page.

Have you tried this recipe, or do you have a favourite chicken drumstick dish?