On the Twelfth Day of Christmas... Paprika Spiced Drumsticks

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Twelve drummers' drumming (Paprika Spiced Drumsticks)

Eleven bagpipers piping (Scottish Neeps and Tatties)

Ten pups a'pouncing (Puppy Pies)

Nine Pavlovas dancing (Christmas Wreath Pavlova)

Eight maids a'milking a golden cow (Golden Turmeric Milk)

Seven swans a'swimming (in Homemade Eggnog)

Six chicks a'laying (Japanese Rolled Omelettes)

Five golden onion rings (in Curry Spiced Batter and Sriracha Dipping Sauce)

Four calling bird's beak chilis (Tom Kha Gai Soup)

Three game hens (roasted with Honey-Mead-Apricot Glaze)

Two Chocolate Date-Nut Turtles

And a winter green salad on a roasted pear tree!

We did it! Twelve days. Twelve dishes. To conclude, we're having a super-easy, super-flavorful, red-and-green chicken dish spiced with smoky paprika. Anyone can make this. When we say super-easy we mean it: toss the drumsticks with simple spices and then toss them into the oven. For enhanced flavor, marinate the drumsticks in the oil and spices for several hours or overnight.


Makes 12 drumsticks

Paprika Drumsticks

1 tablespoon smoked paprika, plus extra for sprinkling

1 teaspoon garlic powder, plus extra for sprinkling

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

12 drumsticks

3 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400f. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up. A cookie rack on top of the pan keeps the drumsticks from steaming in their juices, but is not necessary.

Mix the spices together in a small dish.

Place the drumsticks in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and spice mix, and using your hands, mix and rub the drumsticks with the oil and spices. If marinating, cover the bowl and refrigerate.

Otherwise, lay the drumsticks single file on the pan without crowding. Bake 35-40 minutes, turning the drumsticks halfway through and sprinkling the tops with a little paprika and garlic powder. When done, the skin should be golden brown and the internal temperature should read 165 on an instant read thermometer.

For added crispiness, put them under the broiler for another 3-5 minutes. Garnish with a sprinkling of paprika.