Simply Delicious Drumsticks

Chicken legs raw

Why…oh why bake these drumsticks when I could be BBQ’ing ??  Well for one thing my gas BBQ is out of order. What I mean by out of order is that it was blown off the balcony by very strong winds, like… Exorcist-style. So…yeah that’s out.  I have a charcoal grill too,  but I’m pretty sure it has a family of birds or other woodland creatures living in it.  Also, for me, chicken legs are annoying to BBQ. I am always worried that they’ll be undercooked so I end up charring them and then, at the table, I disect the inside asking my husband, “Does this look cooked? ” and then later on…”Can salmonella kill you?”. So, its a skill I have yet to master 😉

Although, no regrets what so ever! The result of this recipe was moist, flavorful chicken.  Just imagine…the roasted garlic, onion, and lemon flavours in every juicy bite… Delicious. Its perfect for a weeknight dinner because it is unbelievably easy and probably contains ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

This recipe was adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe and the modifications were inspired by one of my most popular posts, Gordon Ramsey’s Roast Chicken.

Tools: Roasting pan, basting brush

Chicken legs Baked

Simply Delicious drumsticks

– 8 skinless chicken legs

–  1/4 cup of olive oil

– 1 teaspoon paprika

– salt and pepper

– 1 medium or large white onion quartered – separated into sections as shown in the first pic

– 1 Lemon washed and quartered

– 8 whole cloves of garlic (about 1 head of garlic, separated peeled and lightly crushed with a knife

– Dried Herbes de Provence (

-Lemon wedges

Pre-heat oven to 200 C/ 400 F.

Place chicken legs in a roasting pan. Brush olive oil all over, sprinkle with paprika, a light sprinkling of herbes de provence, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place onion segments, garlic cloves and lemon wedges around the chicken and sprinkle a little more herbes de provence all over. Using the basting brush, brush some left over oil all over everything to moisten.

Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.

I hope you enjoy this recipe like we did. It has that uncomplicated deliciousness that always reminds me of my Grandmother, (Nonna) Rosina’s most memorable recipes. I like to think that she would have made chicken legs this way.

Ciao for now xox

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