Sometimes I neglect to put greens on my plate to round out dishes. So although I won’t be submitting this picture to Tastespotting any time soon, I can tell you that this is some of the most delicious, juicy, savory, sweet, moist chicken I have ever made.
I sent some with Chris to work the day after I made it, and he imed me at work saying, “The chicken is amazing by the way.” This is how I judge things on a scale from 1 – 10. I might think everything is a 9 or a 10, but others might think otherwise. Chris usually says he thinks my meals are delightful when I ask, but when he says something without me asking, we have a true winner folks.
Roasted Apple and Onion Drumsticks (Adapted from Sassy Radish)
Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 1 hour
- 8 chicken drumsticks, skin on OR off
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a 9 x 13 ceramic or glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place chicken in dish. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the garlic powder.
- Add the onions and apples to the dish. Pour the lemon juice and the orange juice in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
- Cover the dish with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for the remaining 30 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite starch and greens.
- I served mine with sliced potatoes. To make: Slice 2 large Russet or Idaho potatoes into disks. Lay evenly on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Spray the potatoes with cooking spray, then sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
My Two Cents: Are you sick of my apple recipes yet? I hope not, because I still have 5 apples I need to use up! Should I make applesauce with the rest? Or maybe some apple pancakes this weekend….oo…
But back to this recipe. The apples and the orange juice made the chicken moist AND sweet. And the onions added a sweet/savory depth to the dish.They also became soft–perfect to mix in with the potatoes on the side.
And you really can’t go wrong with drumsticks. They’re dark meat, so they’re naturally moist and more flavorful than chicken breasts. I cooked mine with the skin on because that’s the way I bought them (and I think it’s a pain to skin drumsticks). But cooking them without the skins would be just as dandy here. (Yep, I said dandy. I’m okay with it.)
This dish is also really easy to make. I like throwing everything in one pan and then sticking it in the oven for an hour. I can go work out, clean, or just lie on the couch and watch Wheel of Fortune while waiting!