Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Recipe: Chicken drumsticks/thighs with Paprika & Garlic (Bill Granger)

During Christmas, it is common for families to cook a whole roast chicken or turkey. For smaller families or couples, cooking chicken parts such as chicken drumsticks and thighs is pretty ideal since there will be less food wastage and everyone gets to eat their favorite part, rather than fight with their fellow diners. Furthermore, cooking chicken parts take less time - for example, these chicken drumsticks with paprika and garlic took only 30 minutes in the oven.

The chicken drumstick and thighs should be marinated for at least an hour, or overnight if possible. Then it is simply roasted until cooked through and lightly charred in places. The chicken drumsticks / thighs were a beautiful golden brown, and the thighs in particular had nice, crispy skin. Love the taste of this marinade, I omitted the chilli since I didn't want it to be too spicy for the kids. We enjoyed this flavorful chicken very much!

Moist and succulent!

Served the chicken with a Vietnamese chicken salad (recipe to follow)

Chicken drumsticks / thighs with paprika and garlic
Recipe adapted from Bill Granger
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 4

8 chicken drumsticks / thighs

For the marinade
5 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lime juice (from 1 large lime)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
5 cm piece root ginger, peeled and grated
1 small red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped (optional)

1. Using a sharp knife, make a few slashes, about 0.5cm deep, through the thicker parts of the chicken and place in a dish.

2. Combine the ingredients for marinade in a small bowl. Using your hands, rub this marinade all over the chicken drumsticks/thighs. Cover and transfer to the fridge to marinate for at least an hour, or overnight if possible.

3. Preheat the oven to 190°C (roast mode).

4. Place the chicken on a baking tray along with the marinade and roast for 30 minutes or until cooked through and lightly charred in places. To test if the chicken is cooked, pierce the thickest part with a knife or skewer and the juices should run clear. Serve with some of the sauce and a side salad.

I am submitting this to the "Cook Like Bill Granger" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Mich of Piece of Cake. To join, simply cook or bake any recipe from any Bill Granger websites or cookbooks for the whole month of November and December 2013. You can link your posts at one of the host's pages.

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  1. there'll be six people for my family christmas dinner this year. i'd love to have a turkey, but we can't cook such a large/complicated dish, and it's too pricey to purchase, so maybe your chicken drumsticks recipe is the next best thing! :D

  2. the addition of cumin and lime to the chicken sounds very good - definitely trying this soon!

  3. This month's Cook Like Bill Granger has made me realised that Bill has many yummy roasted chicken recipes. I can never say no to roasted chicken. Please pass me one of these chicken drumstick please, hehehe.

  4. We rarely used to have a whole bird growing up. My parents don't like the breast part and nor does my sister so it was always wings for us! These flavours sound delicious!

  5. Thanks a million for this recipe. So simple and looks delicious. Definitely will forward this recipe to my son. Now he is crazy wanting to learn cooking, so that when he is in UK next year, he will be able to cook meals for himself or his friends.

    1. You're welcome Amy. I think your son will find a few "easy" recipes here on this blog which he can try when he is in the UK. I think he will enjoy cooking there, as the quality and availability of fresh produce is good there :D

  6. Yen!
    This really looks good and yummy!
    I should try it out.

  7. Hi Yen,

    It is true that it is almost impossible for 3 of us to finish a whole turkey or chicken in one Xmas night celebration. Drumsticks are great celebration options! They are chicken too... LOL! Yours with paprika and garlic looks yummy!


  8. Wow seems yummy. I like your blog, thanks for your recipe. Is this available in restaurants & cafes.


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