Garlic and Paprika Chicken – Deliciously baked crispy, juicy and tender chicken drumsticks with a garlic and smoked paprika sauce
This chicken, funny story about this chicken actually. First time I made it, I screwed up royally… Not because I don’t know what I’m doing or anything, but because I’m blind and refuse to wear my glasses all the time. My cayenne pepper and smoked paprika are in the same jar size, and as you know they’re both red, so as I grabbed a jar and I saw 2 words on the label I immediately assumed that it was smoked paprika, not my fault they look the same.
Well I don’t think I need to tell you anymore, you can probably imagine how spicy this chicken ended up being, I mean it was freaking hot!! I couldn’t even take a bite out of it. I know I’ve come a long way when it comes to eating spicy food, but this was beyond spicy, this was an inferno!
So I had to make it again, and I had to make sure I had my glasses on and that I read the labels properly.
So the moral of the story is, please make sure you wear your glasses when you read the labels on spice jars, don’t be stubborn like me! And if you actually make this chicken the way it’s supposed to be made with smoked paprika and not cayenne pepper, you will actually enjoy it and love it! What’s not to love about smoked paprika and garlic together! We’re talking fabulous my friends, simply fabulous!
6 chicken drumsticks
¼ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp smoked paprika
pinch red pepper flakes
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
Clean and dry the drumsticks and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a small skillet heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes and the herbs. Cook for about 1 minute over medium heat, do not burn the garlic.
Pour this olive oil mixture over the drumsticks and make sure the drumsticks are coated thoroughly with the olive oil/paprika mixture.
Place the drumsticks in a 9×13 baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes or until chicken legs are cooked through.
Serve with your favourite side dish and/or salad.
Recipe adapted from African Bites