Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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Recipes.net Team September 4, 2020

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Savor our Garlic-Rosemary Chicken recipe, a great way to spice up your usual chicken recipes. Surprisingly, we’ll be using chicken drumsticks, veering away from your typical chicken breast or thighs. They’re very inexpensive, which is perfect if you’re looking for a budget meal recipe. Apart from that, this recipe will also be using tons of garlic, having flavors that give quite a punch. Since we’re using a lot of garlic cloves in this recipe, you can adjust the amount you’ll use for a gentler taste. Rosemary, on the other hand, works as an amazing seasoning for chicken. The meat tends to have a gammy-like taste which is balanced out by the fresh, woodsy taste of the rosemary. Before cooking, don’t forget to finely chop the sprigs. Rosemary is quite tough even after cooking. 

Now, you might be wondering if this chicken recipe is healthy. Meat-wise, not so much, since chicken drumsticks are fattier than chicken breasts. However, we have added in herbs and vegetables to give our dish a healthy boost. Rosemary has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory factors while garlic reduces blood pressure. This recipe also contains roasted potatoes which balance out the meal with a rich flavor and dense texture. For this recipe, you can replace the potatoes with any vegetable you like. Chicken also goes well with corn, carrots, and broccoli. If you don’t have chicken drumsticks, you can use any chicken cut you have on hand. Just keep an eye on them as chicken cuts have different recommended cooking times. 

This recipe is great for family meals and small seasonal gatherings. A great dish to pair with this recipe is our copycat Domino’s Pasta Primavera recipe. A bowl of pasta paired with a savory piece of roasted chicken, what could possibly go wrong? So, let’s dive right into cooking and make some delicious chicken drumsticks.

Tip: To avoid dry chicken drumsticks, pour fat-free chicken broth at the bottom of the pan and cover it with foil.

How To Make Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks

This quick and easy Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Recipe lets you enjoy chicken drumsticks infused with herbs and spices, with flavors that you won’t get enough of.

  • ⅓ cup olive oil (add more as needed)
  • 10 garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 lbs chicken legs
  • 2 lbs small red potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Season your chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper to your desired taste.
  4. Set a large roasting pan on medium-high heat.
  5. Pour the olive oil into the pan.
  6. Once hot, add your chicken drumsticks skin-side down, followed by the potatoes.
  7. Let it cook for about 10 minutes or until your chicken drumsticks are golden brown.
  8. Flip your chicken drumstick then pour your garlic-rosemary mixture on top of them.
  9. Be sure that the chicken is fully coated in the mixture before setting them in your oven. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until your chicken is cooked through.
  10. Let your roasted chicken drumsticks rest for about 10 minutes. Place them on a platter, serve, and enjoy!

You can add lemon slices for garnish.

How To Make Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks

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This quick and easy Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Recipe lets you enjoy chicken drumsticks infused with herbs and spices, with flavors that you won’t get enough of.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 15 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • cup olive oil, add more as needed
  • 10 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 lbs chicken legs
  • 2 lbs small red potatoes, peeled and quartered

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a medium bowl.

  3. Season your chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper to your desired taste.

  4. Set a large roasting pan on medium-high heat.

  5. Pour the olive oil into the pan.

  6. Once hot, add your chicken drumsticks skin-side down, followed by the potatoes.

  7. Let it cook for about 10 minutes or until your chicken drumsticks are golden brown.

  8. Flip your chicken drumstick then pour your garlic-rosemary mixture on top of them.

  9. Be sure that the chicken is fully coated in the mixture before setting them in your oven. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until your chicken is cooked through.

  10. Let your roasted chicken drumsticks rest for about 10 minutes. Place them on a platter, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can add lemon slices for garnish.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Why do I need to roast my chicken before placing it in the oven?

Searing your chicken will build flavor and create a crisp, brown texture. It caramelizes the surface of the meat, which enhances the savory flavor. Though searing isn’t a necessary process, it results in a dish filled with a complex flavor which is absolutely delicious.

 Can I use a whole chicken for this recipe?

Yes! But that’s an entirely different process. Some recipes require you to trim visible fat, loosen the skin, and tie the drumsticks together using kitchen twine. You would also need to baste the skin as you can’t sear a whole chicken. You can check out our Creamy Roast Chicken for reference or you might as well try it out. It’s a whole chicken recipe made easy!

Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks

Conclusion

This Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Recipe will give your chicken drumsticks perfectly moist and tender meat and a crisp outer layer that we get from searing. It’s a simple meal that requires minimal ingredients. You can easily make this dish in a short amount of time, with delicious roasted potatoes on the side.

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