Thursday, 1 May 2008

Honey and rosemary chicken legs

I seem to cook chicken legs in the oven quite frequently, but I do love roasting chicken legs. The meat stays juicy and tender and the skin goes crispy in the oven. I have two favourite methods, one 'Western' and one Chinese. I'll save the Chinese roast chicken recipe for the next post and share my recipe for honey and rosemary chicken legs in this one.

As Jamie Oliver would say, chicken and rosemary are pretty good buddies. The honey and lemon juice balances each other nicely and the garlic gives it a lovely intensity that is preserved in the gravy. This was what we had for dinner the other day - honey and rosemary chicken legs with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables drizzled with garlic and herb gravy
Honey rosemary chicken

Ingredients (serves 2):

2 chicken legs (or drumsticks or thighs, skin on)
1 tbsp honey
1 or 2 springs of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced


1. Combine all the ingredients with the chicken legs and marinate for 4 hours or overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 180C/gas 5. Place the chicken legs on a roasting tray, pouring over the excess marinade, and cook in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes.
3. Turn the pieces over and then roast for another 15 minutes. Spoon the hot honey glaze over chicken pieces and place under the grill for about 2 minutes to brown and crisp up the skin.

Serve with new or mashed potatoes and vegetables. Don't waste the juices at the bottom of the tray. Discard excess oil/fat and spoon the juices over the chicken legs when serving. If you want thicker gravy consistency, mix a tbsp of plain or corn flour (dissolved in 2 tbsp water) into the pan and simmer on the stove until it thickens.


didally said...

How I miss having roasted chicken with rosemary. Perhaps I should try them with some honey to get the nice crisp skin.

daphne said...

yum yum. Rosemary works well with lamb too isn't it? we have lots of rosemary in the garden! They grow like crazy. I like that of combining honey and rosemary. Might just use it in a week or not. =)

daphne said...

oh dear, lots of typos there! I meant to say "I like that idea of combining honey and rosemary. Might use it in a week or two."

Heather said...

Is there any better simple pleasure than perfectly-cooked chicken and mashed potatoes? The glaze on that chicken looks finger-licking good!

noble pig said...

This sounds like it's full of flavor! And I love that it is a recipe for a small portion.

Thank you!

Vicarious Foodie said...

This looks really, really good. Very colorful and flavorful. Great dish!

noobcook said...

The herb sauce looks divine! Your dinner is really sumptuous!

Kevin said...

Rosemary, honey and lemon sound like a great flavour combo with chicken.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

My, oh my, what a vibrant plate of food. My children would love this for supper.

mycookinghut said...

Absolutely agree with you! I love chicken legs. They tend to be more juicy and the meat is just smoother!
Love your way of roast chicken = rosemary + honey!!
I am looking forward to your Chinese version too cos I sometimes like to make my Chinese version of roast chicken :)

Nilmandra said...

Didally: The honey does to caramelise but if the olive oil should be sufficient to crisp up the skin, especially if you finish it off under the grill at the end. The honey does taste good though. And I use it to marinate various meat, and in my tea :)

Daphne: Yup rosemary and lamb are good friends too :D But I'm not chummy with lamb myself, it doesn't agree with my tummy :p And hehe, no worries, I have made similar errors myself in comments. I wish you can edit comments!

Heather, Noobcook, Kevin, Nina Timm: Thanks!

Noble Pig: Most of my recipes are for 2 portions (instead of the usual 4-6 portions in most cookbooks), just because that's how many I cook for!

Vicarious Foodie: Thanks for the kind comment! I do try to have a range of colours in most dishes.

My Cooking Hut: I didn't use to like chicken legs as much but it has really grown on me. Do share your Chinese roast chicken recipe too :)

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