Roasted spiced chicken drumsticks with spinach, orange and mint salad

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A recipe from the Good Food collection.


2½ teaspoons paprika

2½ teaspoons ground cumin

1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

80 ml (2½ fl oz/⅓ cup) olive oil

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) lemon juice

1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz) chicken drumsticks

Spinach, orange and mint salad

1 orange

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) extra virgin olive oil

1½ tablespoons white wine vinegar

200 g (7 oz) baby spinach leaves or rocket leaves

½ cup mint leaves

25 g (1 oz) sliced raw almonds


1. Put the paprika, cumin, cinnamon, salt, oil and lemon juice in a glass or ceramic container and whisk to combine. Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels. Add to the spice mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to marinate.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Place the chicken, in a single layer, and any remaining marinade in a large roasting pan or ovenproof dish (you might need to use two roasting pans, depending on the size). Roast for 35 minutes or until the chicken is golden and cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, prepare the spinach, orange and mint salad. Use a small sharp knife to remove the skin and pith from the orange. Segment the orange and then slice each segment into 3 pieces. Combine the oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt.

4. When the chicken is cooked, put the spinach, orange, mint and almonds in a bowl. Drizzle over the dressing, gently toss and serve with the chicken.