African drumsticks...

Never enough ideas for a chicken marinade! It's one of the cheapest and easiest to get meats out there. You can buy whole or already portioned. Drumsticks will give you one of the best value, but not a lot of people buy them, as not a lot will have an idea what to do with them. This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, but definitely my favorite Nigella's cookbook - "The Kitchen".
The original recipe calls for only 1 tablespoon of apricot jam, but even in her introduction to the dish Nigella writes that in the country of recipe's origin, they use more jam. Having that in mind, as well as the fact that both my girls have sweet tooth, I doubled the amount of jam. Result - melt in your mouth chicken! Sweet and spicy, succulent meat and the sauce to die for :) Brilliant with some rice on the side, but that sauce...perfect for dipping a piece of fresh bread in it! :)

african drumsticks

african drumsticks by nigella lawson

How to make it...
- 80 ml Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 teaspoons English mustard, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon apricot jam
- 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 8 chicken drumsticks, preferably organic
- 1 tablespoon garlic flavoured oil
- 8 chicken drumsticks (I had 11)

Preheat the oven to 200 C. Mix the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, ground ginger, apricot jam, and chopped onion in a shallow dish.
Dunk the drumsticks in this marinade to coat them all over (you could at this stage leave them to marinate, covered, in the refrigerator overnight). Put the oil into a roasting pan or ovenproof dish, in which the drumsticks will fit snugly, and tip the pan about so that the oil more or less covers the base. Arrange the drumsticks in the pan and pour over them any remaining marinade.
Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour (mine took exactly 70 minutes) basting once or twice (the deeper the dish, the longer the drumsticks will take to colour and cook through).


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