Spicy Apricot Roasted Drumsticks

Last week’s meal planning worked for the most part. We had one ‘cheat’ dinner on Tuesday so instead of Apricot chicken drums we had Costco frozen turkey burgers, which are surprisingly delicious, somewhat healthy, and a pretty good deal.

I’m actually digging this whole meal planning drill. Baseball season is on and kids have a pretty tight schedule with all the after school activities. Having some meals prepared ahead and other dinners already planned really helped me to save time and money.

The plan this week is to keep it as simple as possible. I know…duh…we all like simple but it’s hard to come up with healthy and simple dishes. Tonight I made the Spicy Apricot Chicken Drumsticks (recipe below) I didn’t get to make last week. We had it for dinner and we all loved it. I’m glad we have leftover for Monday’s dinner.

I’m planning to make ground turkey taco plate with black beans (frozen batch), rice and fresh guacamole for Tuesday’s dinner.  Wednesday is Chicken Parmesan (with frozen chicken strips) and Caesar salad with homemade croutons.  Thursday is shopping day but I’m thinking to make a quick fried brown rice and fish. Honey sesame baked salmon will be a great choice with the rice. Friday is blank.

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SPICY APRICOT CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

(inspired by Jessica Seinfeld from Do it Delicious)

For each pound of drumsticks (skin off as much as you can trim):

  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of: turmeric, curry, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • ½ cayenne pepper

Mix salt and spices. Rub the chicken legs with it and forget about them in the fridge (Ziploc or airtight container) for at least 3 hrs. Mine marinated overnight.

Preheat oven at 400F. Place legs on a Pyrex (discard any chicken juice left in the bag no matter how good it smells or looks. Trash it).

Now is the fun part.  You’ll need approximately 1/3 of cup of apricot jelly for each pound of chicken.  Spread the jelly over the drumsticks and with your hands (no messy brushes please. Your hands are the best tool here. Trust me on this!) Make sure to cover each leg with the jelly.

Roast it for approximately 20 minutes. Turn each leg and roast it for additional 20-25 minutes.  I roasted the drumsticks tonight at 400F (roast setting) for 50 minutes (25 each side).

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