These super popular, crisp-baked German chicken drumsticks are sure to become a quick, weeknight dinner favorite.
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It's always good to have some (German) chicken go-to recipes that are a fail-proof way to get a super delicious dinner on the table. To me, these Hähnchenkeulen or German chicken drumsticks are definitely one of those recipes I fall back to when 1. it's been a week, 2. my creativity has reached its limits, and 3. I still want to eat something yummy and satisfying, but 4. don't want to spend the money on eating out. Add a roasted head of cauliflower and some rosemary baked potatoes and you have a super delicious and easy dinner for 4 for around 20 bucks. That's pretty hard to beat. And if you're just two adults like us, the leftovers reheat well in the oven, too! Making the marinade requires most of everything you should have handy at home like spices, honey and ketchup and the fresh rosemary can be substituted by dried rosemary, although I'd use a bit less if using the dried herb. I love how crisp and juicy the chicken comes out of the oven and our little Zoë likes it, too; I removed some of the skin for her since the hot paprika does give the chicken a slight kick!
This meal reminds me of my Mama marinating and baking chicken in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. The house would smell amazing which would make everyone grow very impatient and hungry, but once the Hähnchenkeulen came out of the oven, everyone was very happy again. What else could one want?? This crowd-pleaser of a baked chicken recipe would also make a pretty fabulous appetizer to serve for the Super Bowl this Sunday! Go Chiefs!
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I am all for hot cocktails in the wintertime! And since winter is still lingering on for a while, I'll probably have a lot of these Heisse Hugos in the next couple of months to come. A 'Heisser Hugo' is a hot version of the very popular German Hugo cocktail. It mixes white wine, Elderflower liqueur, lime (zest and juice) and finally fresh mint for a quick and delicious, warming beverage. For the wine, I like to use one on the dryer side like Affentaler Riesling, which is one of my favorite dry Rieslings from the Baden area in Germany. The liqueur adds quite a bit of sweetness, so using a dryer white helps balance that in the drink.
To make 2 cocktails, simply warm up the wine, liqueur, lime juice and zest until almost boiling (making sure to NOT bring it to a boil), then pour into 2 mugs or heat-resistant glasses and add twigs of fresh mint. Prost!
- 13.5 oz (400 ml) Affentaler Riesling (or other dry white wine)
- 3.5 oz (100 ml) Elderflower liqueur
- juice of ½ lime
- zest of ½ lime
- 2 twigs of fresh mint
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Hähnchenkeulen: German Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks
- 12 chicken drumsticks
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon sweet paprika powder
- ½ teaspoon half-sharp paprika powder can also use chili or cayenne powder instead
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 twigs rosemary leaves removed and finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Preheat oven to 425 Fahrenheit (220 Celsius) on convection setting (450 on conventional setting or 230 Celsius).
- Combine all above ingredients and rub onto drumsticks.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Internal temperature needs to be at 165 degrees Fahrenheit or above (74 degrees Celsius). Guten Appetit!
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