Last updated on May 30th, 2018 at 03:35 am
Garlic and Paprika Chicken – Deliciously baked crispy, juicy and tender chicken drumsticks with a garlic and smoked paprika sauce.
I shared this recipe with you a couple years ago and you guys absolutely love it. Here I am with it again with new pictures and a video. This is one of our favorite chicken recipes that we make often because they’re super easy and so good.
There’s a really funny story with this chicken. 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 2 tablespoon of smoked paprika, because I just love smoked paprika. Well I don’t think I need to tell you any more, 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!
Since then, I’ve made this chicken numerous times and I always always make sure I grab the paprika and not the cayenne pepper because even without the cayenne pepper this chicken has a bit of a kick to it from the red pepper flakes. But I also make sure I put my glasses on now when I grab spices, because you never know what I’ll end up with.
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!
I’ve served this with my classic mashed potatoes recipe which is coming up soon, it’s my mom’s way of making mashed potatoes and you never mess with mom’s recipe because they’re so fluffy and delicious! I’ve also served this with lemon orzo and asparagus, which is great especially if you’re looking for a lighter meal.
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- Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.
- 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.
Clean and dry the drumsticks and season with salt and pepper.
- 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.
If you can't find smoked paprika, regular paprika will work as well.
This spice blend can be used on any type of chicken. This cook time will be the same for breasts and leg quarters.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
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Recipe adapted from African Bites