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Baked Balsamic Chicken

This is one of my easy weeknight dinner go-to's. I am a big believer of oven baked dishes for easy weeknight meals - once it's in the oven I have my hands free again for toddler wrangling- or whatever else is required ;-)


Healthy, tasty food doesn't need to be hard or stressful (or have a million and one crazy ingredients) :-)


On a side note - I am a plant based eater but my family is not. I do make them non plant based meals *BUT* I don't cook two completely different meals each night. I will make sure that whatever side dishes are being served cater for me AND them. That way all I need to do is throw one of my pre-made sweet potato and chickpea patties (or similar) from the freezer into the oven. I have this along with the cauliflower mash and balsamic mushrooms and onions - they have the chicken. WIN WIN (and no extra time for me on the night).


Have you got a copy of my free guide? Meal Planning and Preparation for Busy Mamas You can get it here: bit.ly/mealplanandprep Watch the video to see me prepare and cook this dinner!

To save you taking notes - here is the recipe ;-)

Ingredients
 1kg. chicken drumsticks
 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
 3 T. coconut aminos
 1/2 c. organic chicken stock
 ½ t. chili flakes
 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
 Salt and pepper, to taste
 3 spring onions, sliced
 
 
  Directions
Pat chicken drumsticks dry with a paper towel and place in a large, sealable plastic bag. Set aside.
 
 In a medium glass or other non-reactive bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, coconut aminos, chicken stock, chili flakes, and minced garlic together. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
 
 Pour one half of the balsamic marinade over chicken and seal bag tightly. Turn bag over until chicken is coated. Place bag in refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to overnight. Reserve remaining marinade to use later.
 
 When ready to prepare, preheat oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Remove drumsticks from plastic bag and arrange on lined baking sheet in a single layer without overcrowding. Discard remaining marinade inside bag.
 
 Place baking sheet in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then remove chicken from oven and turn each drumstick. After turning, brush the tops of each drumstick with remaining marinade and return to oven. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is well done and the outside has caramelized.
 
 Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer drumsticks to a serving dish and sprinkle with sliced spring onions before serving. 




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