The kids love chicken, and as we eat it at least twice a week, I'm having to come up with new recipes to keep them interested and at the same time allow them to try new flavours. Presenting them with something new is always a bit nerve-wracking. They're usually look at the plate sceptically, take a surreptitious sniff and then ask, "What's the dinner called?" (I kid you not!) This is usually followed by the tiniest nibble and then I patiently await their verdict (Believe me, my eyes are rolling on the inside!).
My latest chicken recipe uses drumsticks as I remember loving to eat these as a child. The kids loved them as they were allowed to use their fingers to hold the chicken, a bit like the cave men in The Croods. I used some manuka honey and grain mustard and the result was an absolute hit! These taste fantastic either hot or cold, so are perfect for picnics.
Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Honey and Mustard
2 tbsp manuka honey
2 tbsp grain mustard
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp black peppercorn, crushed
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
salt for seasoning
8 chicken drumsticks
1. For the marinade: Squeeze all juice from the lemon and mix this with honey, garlic, mustard, olive oil and peppercorns.
2. Place chicken drumsticks into a large sealable freezer bag and then place the marinade into it. Cut up the lemon (minus juice) into 4 and place into bag as well. Season well. Massage marinade into meat and refrigerate for 1hr to overnight.
3. Remove from fridge and place onto a greased roasting tin. Bake in 200C oven for 45min-1hr. The chicken should be beautifully glazed and be separating slightly from the bone. The lemon will be charred but makes a lovely accompaniment.
4. I served this with a green salad and garlicky baby potatoes.