Before making my grocery list for the week John recommended that I should try and use up stuff in the chest freezer. We will be getting the quarter cow we ordered soon and need to make room! Plus, cleaning out the freezer is a great way to cut back on my grocery bill. Why buy more stuff when I have stuff to use already in the house?
Anyway, I had some beef soup bones, short ribs, and chicken drumsticks. Before writing out my list I went online and searched drumstick recipes. This of course led me to Pinterest. After searching for a little while I came across an easy looking recipe. I used this delicious recipe as my inspiration and it turned out AMAZING! I cannot stress how good this chicken is.
I ended up getting a package of chicken thighs to add to this because I only had 6 drumsticks. The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Now, I know this may be controversial, but I do not wash chicken before I cook it. I read that by washing chicken you are increasing the odds of spreading raw chicken germs around your kitchen. Plus, chicken is not something eaten rare so the fact that it has to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees will kill off the germs anyway and the water you wash the chicken in is not hot enough to kill off the germs. You can read more about this here. This has made my life so much easier and has made my kitchen cleaner! Win – Win!
I also started purchasing food safety gloves from Amazon to wear when I am handling raw poultry or pork. They are so affordable and help me keep my hands clean too. These are the ones I get (Disposable Vinyl Gloves), they are awesome! They can also be used when you are scrubbing your bathroom. So I put on my gloves, take a paring knife and cut the plastic off around the top of the chicken. I squeezed some fresh lemon juice over all the chicken to make it wet so the topping sticks.
Next in a medium sized bowl mix together 1.5 cups of finely shredded parmesan. This has to be the kind you find in a green shaker or at least make sure it is that finely grated. Next add 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic, 1 tablespoon dried parsley, and 1 teaspoon granulated onion.
Take your chicken one piece at a time and coat it with your parmesan mixture. Make sure you cover it evenly and then place on a greased cookie sheet. I used coconut oil to grease the cookie sheet and it worked great. It really helped brown up the chicken. Once you have everything coated and on the cookie sheet put in the oven for about 35-40 minutes. Make sure to flip about half way through. Now keep in mind that the drumsticks needed a little more time to bake. They actually were done in about 35 minutes and the thighs were done in about 25.
These came out so good I had to share them with you! They would be great with some roasted veggies or mashed potatoes.
1 package organic drumsticks
1 package organic chicken thighs *or you could make all thighs or all drumsticks
1.5 cups finely grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
1 teaspoon granulated onion
juice of 1 organic lemon
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with the coconut oil so that its evenly coated. Coat your chicken with the lemon juice and set aside. In a shallow bowl mix the parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, and onion. Dip your chicken in the parmsean mixture and coat it evenly, then place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes flipping half way through. The chicken thighs probably only need about 15 minutes per side. ENJOY!
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