Paleo Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Here is another recipe for you that can be prepared ahead of time, maybe on a big Sunday cook up, or with little time fussing over a hard recipe. It can also be made fairly quickly on those busy week nights. I use most of these spices on my roast chicken to achieve that rotisserie chook flavours, but I have tweeted it a little, with some different spices, and I knew it would be delicious on drumsticks.

When you have a lot of mouths to feed or not a very big budget to spend on your quality meats, drumsticks may be the answer to your dilema. They don’t have as much meat on them, which is why they are often priced a lot cheaper. They still have plenty of meat that is very tender when slow cooked or baked.

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Paleo Baked Chicken Drumsticks
10 chicken drumsticks
1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
Get a large non stick baking dish ready or line an oven tray with parchment paper.
Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and mix well making sure its even and there aren’t any lumps.
Place the defrosted chicken onto a board. Rub down the chicken with the olive oil or coconut oil.
Sprinkle half of the seasoning over the drumsticks evenly, turn over and sprinkle with the remaining half. Patting the seasoning onto the chicken.
Arrange the chicken onto the oven tray evenly and so they aren’t touching.
Bake for 30 minutes, then turn them over and bake for a further 20 minutes.

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You only need a little oil. As you are using your hands to rub it over the drumsticks, it spreads more evenly over the entire cut of meat. This recipe is delicious freshly baked, but it is also ideal for leftovers or to pop into your little ones lunch box as a sandwich alternative.

Locally, here in Australia, it is not common to put cinnamon in the spice mix, but it adds a whole different depth to the flavour and cinnamon is great for the body. It may help insulin and glucose levels in diabetic patients, it also has been shown to aid in the digestion of a high fatty (the nasty ones) meal.

Give these different flavour mix a try, I’d love to hear what you think about it.

Brooke x

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