We do a lot of meal prepping around here, and in doing so, eat many of the same healthy foods over and over. Although our diet is geared towards a pescetarian style, we make chicken from time to time. Now, I don’t know about you, but chicken is always a challenge for me. I’m constantly looking for ways to spice up my chicken recipes, as it can be kinda bland and boring. For purposes of switching it up a bit, I decided to make a really simple dish I grew up eating.
A variation to fried chicken; packed with flavor but not overly saturated in unhealthy fats. Makes sense, right? I drove to Trader Joe’s after work to find drumsticks that looked juicy and fresh, so I brought 1 packed of 5 drumsticks, for a total of $3.98. Can’t beat that huh?
Simply put, this meal is fool proof and the preparation is almost non-existent. An easy, weekday meal, especially now that school’s back in action! This dish is filling, flavorful and still, significantly healthier than deeply fried chicken. Grandmothers everywhere are probably rolling in their grave, but hey, we’re millennials now. Here’s what you’ll need:
To make the marinade:
In a bowl, combine
1/2 cup of Olive Oil,
2 1/2 tsp of freshly minced garlic,
1/2 cup of freshly chopped cilantro,
1 tsp of curry powder
1/2 tsp of cumin
the juice of 1/2 a freshly squeezed lime
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
(it may seem like a long list of ingredients, but truthfully you already have most , if not all of the ingredients hanging out at home)
Marinade the 5 drumsticks and set aside for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425. Using an additional 1/4 cup of Olive Oil, brown the chicken on both sides in an oven safe pan. Stovetop temperatures may vary and it’s important to be aware of what the limits to avoid injury! Lastly, place the uncovered pan with chicken inside of the oven for 15 minutes OR when your drumsticks look brown and crispy. Sprinkle a little bit more of that freshly squeezed lime juice, add arborio rice and enjoy!