“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This post is dedicated to a good friend, T, who has requested for the recipe, who’s friendship I have since 5th grade (that would be 21 years), who would take the bus with me when the limo breaks, who would walk along with me through the dark, and who would give me a heart full of joy.
I courageously invited a few friends, including T, over for lunch last Friday to test out this recipe for the first time. (No, they weren’t my guinea pigs? Oh, are they?) I suppose the outcome was excellent as the casserole was empty, literally, even the sauce.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe as well.
Spices, spices, spices! This recipe is all about spice. Your taste buds will be thick with pleasure from juicy and spiced chicken drumsticks.
This exotic tasting dish is a definite crowd pleaser.
Baked Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Drumsticks
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp ground tumeric
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp freshly grounded pepper
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
8 large chicken drumsticks
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
2 cups chicken stock
6 dried dates, sliced and seeded
1/3 cup shredded coconut
Combine the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, cardamom, coriander, pepper and lemon zest in a small bowl. Set aside.
Trim the excess fat of chicken if any. Place the chicken in a ovenproof casserole dish. Add the seasoning mixture to the chicken and make sure each drumstick is completely coated. Cover and marinade for 3 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Cook the chicken quickly over medium high heat until well browned on the outside. Place the chicken back in the casserole dish.
Add 1 tsp of oil and stir fry the onion, and stirring until tender.
Add the cooked onion, dates, shredded coconuts to the casserole dish. Pour the chicken stock evenly over the dish. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until the chicken is tender, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the oven, uncover and serve with white rice on the side.
Note: Dried prunes, figs, or apricots are great alternatives to dates.
YUM! That looks delicious Irene. 🙂
Thanks! It did taste really good. I actually want to make more since my hubby didn’t get a taste of it.
I don’t eat meat but I wouldn’t mind have some of that on my plate… with no discussion – looks great!
The juice/sauce is the best part of the dish. It goes well with rice too. You can try that part 🙂
Maybe – never say never 😉
Hmmm, don’t need to read, I love this meal already. 😉 Bon appetite !
It tastes as flavorful as Indian curry but much healthier (coz it’s has no coconut milk). Healthy enough for an athlete 🙂
Damn that looks good!
Thanks, Domtakis! 🙂
Good morning , how are you ? Beautiful post my dear friend : I ‘d like everyone to try ! Have nice day
Thanks, Maxima! Yes, it’s quite big to finish the dish on your own. Sharing is caring 🙂
Looks spicy & exotic – my cup of tea (or rather, my plateful of chicken!)
Hi Felicia! This is not quite Indian food so it’s not spicy at all, at least I didn’t put any pepper/chili in this recipe. But surely exotic with the different spices marinaded in the chicken and stock. With some rice on the side, it makes a comfort meal.
This looks so yummy! I would like to go with …..maybe…tumeric rice…or…coconut milk rice…fried egg noodles….or maybe…..
ANY thing is good with this 🙂
Irene, you are a good friend! I am sure your friends love testing your recipes. Looks delicious and every ingredient sounds perfect together!
Other than our own kitchen, our favorite eating place — walking distance, if it’s above freezing — is a Moroccan restaurant. I suspect you could work there, if you wanted.
And thank you for following me, even though (on line) I seldom get to good eating.
I’ll definitely try this one. Must have rice to soak up the sauce. Thanks.
Yes, eat it with rice. I normally don’t eat a lot of rice but the sauce was so good I couldn’t stop.
thank you for the recipe 🙂
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I am salivating just looking at your images. We have guests this evening and I am already thawing out the drumsticks !!!!!
this is awesome i love it great work : )
I am definitely trying this recipe. It looks so delicious….. but realise there’s no salt needed? Can pls confirm this?
You read it correctly. The flavor and delicious taste comes from the spiced and all the natural flavors of the ingredients. The chicken broth contain some salt so no need more than that.
Great recipe! I added a red pepper, a thinly sliced carrot and some green olives. Served in with couscous and a pitta to mop up the juices.
That sounds like some great adds. Must got a lot more sweetness added to the recipe. I’ll have to try it next time.
Thanks for this recipe! I made it tonight with a few tweaks and the family enjoyed it very much. Will make it again.
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Do you know how many calories per serving this dish is? It looks delish!
Hi Susie! Happy New Year! Tell you the truth, I really don’t know exactly how much calories is in each serving. But calorie of each drumstick + calories of other ingredients, with a guesstimate, I think it might be around 260- 300 calories per serving.
Hi. I looked up the nutritional data for one drumstick and found that it has (approx) 112 calories per piece (meat and skin, cooked, roasted). Love the sound of this recipe. Making it for dinner tonight! 😀
Just came across your recipe and it looks delicious!! I tweaked it by adding some sliced carrots at the bottom of the casserole. I also added a little cinnamon to the mix. It smells divine!!
It sounds clever. I’ll have to give that a try next time. Must taste wonderful
Does this recipe freeze well?
I haven’t try it myself but I assume it could be
This is delicious!! I added dried dates, apricots AND cranberries to it (and was pretty generous with each). I’ll be making it again!
That sounds fantastic. Glad you liked it!