Chicken Drumsticks Wrapped in Bacon

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Last night I went to the organic supermarket in our neighbourhood not knowing what we would have for dinner. I was quite undecided whether I would prefer meat or fish. I was late and so the choice of fresh fish was already limited so I took a look-around at the meat counter. Usually I always tend to look at the red meat but yesterday these beautiful chicken drumsticks caught my eye.

Instead of preparing a marinade, I wanted to give the chicken some flavour by stuffing some garlic and herbs under the skin. I also bought some bacon in order to give the chicken a more smoky flavour.

This would also be something to put on the barbecue. I think that the more garlic you use, the better it tastes – but this is also because I love garlic. I used different kinds of fresh herbs. See what you have at home/what is available and what goes well with the chicken. I used thyme, oregano and mint. Using mint with thyme and oregano is not a common combination but it gives the chicken a refreshing taste.

chicken drumsticks wrapped in bacon


Don’t use the olive oil sparingly!!

We had mixed vegetables with the chicken: courgette, pepper and leek. A green salad would be perfect as well. The chicken was super yummy!! There is no real formula on how long to put it in the oven for. I think we put it for about 35 minutes until the skin and the bacon looked crispy and super good. Enjoy!

Wrapped Chicken Drumsticks
Chicken Drumsticks in the oven

What you need for two hungry people:

  • 4 big chicken drumsticks
  • Fresh herbs – I used oregano, thyme and mint
  • A lot of garlic
  • 8 thin slices of smoked bacon
  • Quality olive oil
  • Pepper and salt
  • Steps:

  • Seperate the chicken skin from the meat without completely removing it
  • Prepare the filling: wash the herbs and cut into small pieces, peel the garlic and cut into slices
  • Stuff the garlic and herbs under the chicken skin
  • Use further garlic and herbs to plug into the rest of the chicken leg
  • Pre-heat oven to 180°
  • Wrap the drumsticks in thin slices of smoked bacon. Use two slices each
  • Drizzle a lot of olive oil over the chicken legs and season with salt and pepper
  • Put in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the chicken skin and bacon look crispy
  • Serve with lemon
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    One thought on “Chicken Drumsticks Wrapped in Bacon

    1. Juliana Rotolo Pedriali

      Who are you?!?!?! I didnt know about your cooking skills! Now I have to visit you asap!! heheh
      love,
      Juliana

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