Winner winner chicken dinner

This is my 300th post. I started my blog in the first week of February 2012 so it’s my 3rd blog anniversary and while I’m sure I could have come up with a super exciting dessert recipe or elaborate philosophical piece to mark such an occasion, instead it’s a simple chicken dinner. I really like that in a way, because achievable low tox living is what I’m all about – whether it’s in the kitchen, in your mind, on your skin or around your home.

Real Food is easy. We’ve been convinced otherwise by food marketers but in truth, a Β great meal is minutes to prepare, and this super easy chicken is an absolute must for your meal planner.

 

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 1.5 hours – 3 hours depending on the time you have. Both are delicious and leftovers taste insanely good the next day.

 

What you’ll need

1 tbsp fat of choice (I had beef tallow from the ‘tops’ of making beef stock, so I used that)

8-10 chicken drumsticks or 1 whole 2 kg chook, cut into pieces – save that carcasse for stock!

A big, high edged pan, a crock pot or a slow cooker

1 cup water

1 cup tomato passata or simply pureed fresh tomatoes if it’s summer for you!

1/2 cup broth (I used beef broth as it’s what we had just made – read here for broth recipe and tips, but whatever you have – veggie stock, chicken…)

2-3 cloves garlic, smashed and rough chopped

2 purple onions, rough chopped

1/2 tsp dried herb blend – change this bit up each time for different culinary vibes – Italian, French, Greek, Indian, Moroccan

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp sea salt

3 stalks of spring onion and a bunch of parsley for garnish and freshness at the end

 

What do do

NOTE: If you are super strapped for time – Just bung everything in at the same time and slow cook it in a 150 oven 3 hours, NO LID. It will be delicious.

Sprinkle salt over the drumsticks

Fry the onions and fat in the pan on high.

As soon as there’s a bit of sizzle, pop in all the drumsticks

Fry the drumsticks for around 4 minutes, 2 minutes each side

Then sprinkle in the garlic, paprika, turmeric and dried herbs

Then add all the liquids

Then pop in the oven without a lid for minimum 1.5 hours, maximum 3 hours (3 hours they will be falling off the bone) on 170C / 330F

Then pull out and garnish with chopped spring onion and parsley if you have it

Serve with quinoa (you could try my recipe of quinoa and caramelised onions without the pesto) or zucchini noodles, or my cauliflower puree, buckwheat soba, a salad… You choose.

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It’s so simple. Takes 5 minutes to pull it all together and get into the oven and then relax – OR do the million and one other things that need doing in the evenings if you’re a family person like me.

Did I mention my naive first time school parent faux pas? Thinking 1 pair of shorts and 2 tops and 3 pairs of socks was going to be plenty. Hee hee! Oh, and being told by my son’s teacher discreetly this morning “Dear you might want to find the bathroom as your t shirt is inside out”. Oops!

Anyway, thanks for reading and thanks for sharing my recipes with your friends and family. I get so excited seeing them pop up on instagram or on the wall or in the comments on the blog. Makes me so happy to see everyone being activists from their kitchens with Real Food. So simple yet so much impact. How good is that?

Real Food. Happy Bodies.

Alexx x

Comments 30

  1. Hi Alex, Love your recipes. I have recently bought a slow cooker and noticed you mentioned using a slow cooker in this recently. I was wondering at what setting (low or high) and for how long I would need to cook the winner winner chicken dinner recipe in the slow cooker. Thanks

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      Hi Sue. Thank you! This recipe would be good for 4-6 hours on low in a slow cooker. Possibly less even. It won’t ‘over cook’ it will just be more ‘flake off the bone’ style so check it at 4 hours and see if you want to do it another couple of hours. Enjoy x

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  2. Absolutely delicious! This will become a regular in our household. Was Devine served with oozy polenta and snow peas. Yum!! Thank you for an amazing recipe

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      Awesome – And you can change up the spices and herbs and turn it into different cultural flavours super easily too to keep it exciting x

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      Just an extra bit of stock and perhaps some pureed beetroot or pumpkin for ‘saucy’ vibes and natural thickening as the tomato does πŸ™‚

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  3. First of your recipes I have tried Alexx and it was an absolute winner. We all loved it and it will be added to the favourites list, thank you! Will definitely be trying more of your recipes in the coming days and weeks.

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  4. We had been getting a bit over our ‘usual’ dinners so when you posted this a couple of weeks ago, I made it that week. So yummy, so easy. Had it with Quinoa and vegie noodles with left overs for lunch.

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  5. Such a perfect comfort meal as the wet weather settles in here in QLD. Seriously think I was on a little high afterwards πŸ™‚ And 5 yr old declared it my best meal yet – he is a sucker for a drumstick!! I have so many successes with your meals Alexx and they are so easy and fun to make – thank you thank you thank you for all you do ; it is greatly appreciated in our home xx

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  6. Definitely a winner!! So easy and the sauce is incredible. Made this yesterday with Moroccan mixed spices and served with steamed broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato and carrot. Miss 2.5yrs old ate a whole chicken drumstick, and dipped her veggies in the sauce. Delicious!!

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  7. Hi Alexx, I have some beef tallow in the fridge leftover from the tops of making beef stock. I put it in there and totally forgot about it until now! Would have been about 3-4 weeks ago now. As I removed the tallow layer it retained small amounts of gelatinous beef broth on it. Will the tallow be sti good to use? How long can I use it for safely? Thanks!

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  8. It certainly is a winner! Always looking to add to my chicken dinners and this one will be kept in rotation. I did it in the slow cooker, halved the liquid & cooked for about 3.5 hrs after browning the drumsticks. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

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      Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing here the time for the slow cooker – I’ll add it in for others πŸ™‚

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