Chicken drumsticks with sweet potato wedges and chimichurri recipe

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Chicken drumsticks are very cheap and easy to prepare - this recipe pairs them with sweet potato wedges and chimichurri for a tasty midweek meal.

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  • healthy
Serves4
SkillMedium
Preparation Time10 mins plus marinating
Cooking Time50 mins
Total Time1 hours
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories500 Kcal25%
Fat19.5 g28%
Saturated Fat4 g20%

Chicken drumsticks are a great, economical cut of meat, perfect for feeding a family on a budget. This recipe pairs chicken drumsticks with sweet potato wedges and chimichurri, a herby green sauce from Argentina, for a flavourful dinner that will be loved by kids and adults alike.

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • Juice of 3-4 limes
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (an 800g pack), slashed a few times
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, unpeeled or peeled, cut into wedges
  • 2tbsp olive oil

For the chimichurri dip:

  • 1tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • About 2tbsp each fresh chopped parsley and coriander

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Method

  1. Mix the soy sauce, lime juice, garlic and some freshly ground black pepper in a shallow dish. Add the drumsticks and coat well. Cover and leave in a cool place for 20-30 mins.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Toss the wedges with 1tbsp of oil, spread them out on a large baking tray and roast for 45-50 mins.
  3. Take the drumsticks out of the marinade, put them on another tray and rub in the rest of the oil. Cook in the oven, with the sweet potato wedges, for about 40-45 minutes, brushing every so often with marinade until browned and cooked through.
  4. To make the chimichurri: Mix the chilli flakes, shallot, chilli, oil, vinegar and herbs.
  5. Serve the drumsticks and wedges with the chimichurri.
Top Tip for making Chicken drumsticks with sweet potato wedges and chimichurri

Maris Piper potatoes will also make tasty wedges.