There were two reasons that I decided to cook this recipe for my partner and I one busy Tuesday night. Firstly I grew up with my mum preparing these delicious apricot, pineapple or peach chicken drumstick meals. My younger brother absolutely loved chicken drumsticks, and for this reason they became a staple of eating during my adolescence. Secondly, I often find you get stuck in a rut cooking the same old dinners. Your specialties, while keeping you from serving a tasteless meal, can become boring if overused (particularly by your loved ones). With all this in mind I decided while doing my routine weekly meal plan that I would try learn a new chicken drumstick recipe. I found this recipe on Chelsea Winter’s website, scrawled the recipe name and ingredients into my meal planner and away I went to the supermarket.
It is an understatement to say that this meal was A LOT easier to prepare than I was expecting. I have made other chicken drumstick recipes before, but this is by far the easiest, quickest and least stressful chicken drumstick meal to make (although I did use thighs). On top of this it does not lack on flavour. More importantly this recipe will forgive you if you do not give it your full attention. The amounts, while very well specified by Chelsea to bring a refreshing citrus hit, will still allow for a flavoursome meal with some adjustments.
A silent superhero of this meal is the onion. Do not skimp on the onion. When I was cutting the onions into the baking dish, I was watching them fall in thinking ‘Goodness, this is a lot of onion’. It isn’t, it is the perfect amount. The sharp acidity of the onion seeps into the chicken while cooking, and compliments the sharp, freshness of the lemon. The rosemary, for once in it’s life, actually adds a softer taste in this recipe. Please use fresh rosemary, no other form would do this dish justice.
We served this alongside steamed green vegetables and roasted kumara and pumpkin. Alternatively, you could serve this alongside a piece of focaccia bread sprinkled with rosemary and coarse sea salt and the whole meal would go down a treat!
See original recipe by Chelsea Winter here.
Have you tried this out and was this review helpful? Be sure to tag me in any and all Instagram posts if you give this a go! (@lana_holla and #alannamarise) I would love to see how yours turns out!