Chicken is a regular in many homes across Nigeria and around the globe. It is a rich source of protein and the good things.
You can season in different ways, get a variety of flavors, add to various dishes, most children love it and its pretty in-expensive? Would you agree?
To get the most of the nutrients in food preparation generally is about cooking method and how you “spice it up”. This simple yet tasty recipe uses the oven method because it keeps all the nutrients locked in.
For this simple recipe (family of 4), you need
A bag of soft chicken drumsticks
1 to 2 large spring onion (chopped)
1 small red onion (roughly chopped)
1 tin coconut milk
1 tsp. Rapeseed oil (alternatively use olive oil) – (I will highlight on some important reasons why certain oils are better than others in future posts)
1 scotch bonnet pepper or some ground red pepper (optional) – be careful of quantities especially if children will be eating the chicken as well
Herbs, Spices and Seasoning: 1 clove garlic, small ginger (crushed), 1 tsp. oregano, 1 tsp. curry powder-mild or medium, 1 tsp parsley, some fresh thyme, ½ tsp. basil ( or some fresh efirin), black pepper (dash), little knorr chicken cube, and salt to taste.
TIP: Depending on the size of your family, you may need to adjust the quantities.
Grease an oven tray with 1tsp. rapeseed oil (alternatively olive oil). Clean chicken and place in the tray. Add the chopped spring onions and the Herbs, spices and seasonings mentioned above and mix together
Rub in the coconut milk
Poke the chicken with a little knife to allow increased heat penetration. Drizzle a little squeeze of fresh lemon, then place in a fan assisted oven @ 180°C for about 15- 20mins
At this point the chicken is cooking nicely, it’s juicy and children love it! If you want some more crust to it… change oven to grill so heat comes from the top. Leave for another 5 -6 minutes
Its ready… taste those beautiful flavors- The little “jus”… save as part of your chicken stock for stews, curries etc.… story for another day ☺