Garlic and Paprika Chicken – Deliciously baked crispy, juicy and tender chicken drumsticks with a garlic and smoked paprika sauce.
My vacation is coming to an end and I’m not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand I’m glad I’m going back home, I miss hubs and the pup, but one the other hand I don’t think I’m ready for another 3 or 4 day road trip. However, my sister promises it will be fun so we’re stopping to see Mount Rushmore on the way, which I’m really excited about and looking forward to it, since I’ve never seen it. The weather is finally cooling down here, just as we’re getting ready to leave, but you know what they say, better late than ever.
But 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. Now I have a huge spice cabinet and it’s organized nicely by my dear hubs. He labels everything for me and while the jars are not in alphabetical order, they are arranged according to their size. 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 big mistake, I grabbed the cayenne pepper jar and if you look at the recipe you’ll notice that you need a whole tablespoon of smoked paprika, because I just love smoked paprika. 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!
If you guys love this recipe, and most importantly make it yourselves, please let us know. Take a picture and tag it #jocooks on Instagram so we can see it. I always love to see what you guys come up with!
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- 1/4 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 425 F 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 9x13 baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes or until chicken legs are cooked through.
Serve with your favourite side dish and/or salad.
I served this with Lemon Orzo with Asparagus
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
Recipe adapted from African Bites