Chicken Drumsticks en Papillote
This recipe is great because it takes little to no prep and your oven does all the work. Chicken drumsticks are so cheap because they are the dark meat of the animal, in North America the breast is the desired part, so as long as you love the rich deep flavours of drumsticks/legs of the chicken, you’ll pay more than 50% less than you would cooking with the breast. In addition, chicken is cheap! En Papillote means to cook something in foil, so the idea of this dish is to wrap the dish in its own present and bake it. The parchment paper gets golden brown and all the juices and fragrances stay locked into the sachet. It’s amazing.
What you need:
- 1 large piece of parchment paper, halved
- 2 chicken drumssticks
- 5 mushrooms, halved
- 1 slice of lemon
- 5 thin rounds of zucchini
- 2 tablespoon chopped basil
- ½ cup butter beans or any canned beans
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, smashed
- Salt and pepper
What you do:
- Lay out the parchment paper on the table and place the butterbeans in the centre
- Next, lay the mushrooms and the zucchini to build a base
- Place the chicken drumsticks on top with the garlic
- Season with salt and pepper
- Top with the slice of lemon, butter, olive oil and freshly chopped basil
- Fold over the parchment paper into a half moon. Working around the edges, start to crimp the edges around the parchment in order not to let anything leak while cooking.
- On a cooking tray, put the package in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the internal cooking temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees or higher
- Serve on a plate, in the parchment.