FoodBaked chicken drumsticks: A family dinner with rich flavours

Baked chicken drumsticks: A family dinner with rich flavours

Baked chicken drumsticks in a delicious sauce
Baked chicken drumsticks in a delicious sauce
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22 June 2024 14:49

Are you looking for a quick, delicious, and aromatic dinner idea for the whole family? Try this simple recipe for chicken drumsticks baked in a tomato marinade. The meat is tender, juicy, and full of flavour and prepared in no time.

Baked chicken drumsticks are an easy way to make a tasty dinner for the whole family. Preparing them is easy, and the cost of ingredients is low. Today, I'll share a recipe for aromatic chicken drumsticks that are incredibly tender and flavourful after baking.

Chicken drumsticks in various marinades

Chicken is a type of meat that goes well with various flavours so that you can use many marinade options. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Olive oil with lemon juice, garlic, and herbs: This classic combination gives the meat a slightly tangy, herbal flavour.
  • Natural yoghurt with lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and coriander: Yoghurt tenderises the meat, and the spices give it an oriental aroma.
  • Mustard with honey, olive oil, garlic, and soy sauce: The combination of mustard and honey gives the meat a spicy-sweet taste.
  • Lemon juice with olive oil, garlic, and paprika: Perfect for spicy food lovers.

Each of these marinades contains an acidic ingredient that helps tenderise the meat. Remember to always add salt and pepper to the marinade or rub them on the meat before marinating. The chicken should sit in the marinade for at least 2 hours, but preferably 6-8 hours.

Recipe for chicken drumsticks baked in tomato marinade

Tomato sauce is perfect for marinating chicken legs. You can prepare it based on purée or passata, enriching it with additional ingredients to give the meat a unique flavour.


  • 6 chicken legs,
  • salt, pepper.

For the marinade:

  • 180 ml tomato passata,
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil,
  • 3 cloves garlic,
  • ground sweet and hot paprika,
  • 2 tablespoons hot mustard,
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce.


  1. Clean, rinse, and dry the chicken drumsticks. Rub with salt and pepper.
  2. Crush the garlic cloves and combine them with the remaining marinade ingredients.
  3. Pour the tomato sauce over the meat, mix it, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably 6-8 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  5. Take the meat out of the refrigerator an hour before baking.
  6. Place the chicken drumsticks in a baking dish, cover with aluminium foil, and bake for 50 minutes.
  7. After 50 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the meat is golden in colour.
  8. Serve with your favourite sides, such as cooked rice, roasted potatoes, or salad.

This recipe for chicken drumsticks baked in a tomato marinade will surely become one of your favourites. It’s simple, quick, and guarantees a delicious result. Try it out and see for yourself!

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