One of my favourite chicken recipes is this recipe that I have learned from my mother, who is a national award winner for cooking. You could say that I got the cooking gene from her. Just like most mothers, she was always in the kitchen, still cooking and baking. She ever had something delicious up her sleeve. She ran our family business which consisted of a chain of bakeries and diners, so she had to do a lot more cooking than your average housewife. And even if she was quite the career woman, we were always filled to the brim with the best home-cooked dishes and the best lunch box meals. She used to do her methods of food preservation.
And yes, she used to do her methods of food preservation. She kept food frozen for both home and business uses. Oh yes, freezing food especially handy in business; along with her team of employees, she used to pre-cook food and froze them. They only heat things when the orders come in.
Today’s recipe is one of the dishes that she used to make at home. It’s perfect on those days when you’re tired of the usual roasted chicken recipe. It’s not every day that you’d get to eat chicken in balsamic vinegar and olives. It’s also perfect for the body since chicken is low in calories, high in protein and Vitamin B. And because of the citrusy addition of lemon, it is also high in Vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant.
Did I mention that recipe is super easy? You won’t need a cooking award to pull this off. Trust me.
Chicken with Olives, Lemons and Balsamic Vinegar
(This recipe can serve four people. You can choose to adjust the quantities of the ingredients if you wish to make more of this dish for freezing and storage.)
12 chicken drumsticks
Two large lemons
200g green olives (drained)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Two garlic cloves (crushed)
Roasted chat potatoes (to serve with the chicken)
pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Grease the roasting pan with cooking spray or olive oil. Assemble the chicken drumsticks on the baking pan. Make sure that there is only a single layer. Top the chicken with some olives. Slice the lemon into wedges and place in between the chicken pieces.
Then mix the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oil, pepper and salt. Pour the mixture over the chicken pieces.
Bake, the chicken drumsticks for approximately 45 to 50 minutes or until the parts, are cooked through. Bake the potatoes and serve with the chicken.
Place the drumstick pieces in airtight jars or inside vacuum-sealed bag. Poultry dishes can last up to 3 months, and poultry dishes with a sauce or gravy can last up to 5 to 6 months. If you want to serve it after freezing, all you need to do is to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then you can microwave it while it covered at medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes.