Monday, August 19, 2013

Grilled Garlic & Thyme Chicken

A delicate looking herb with a penetrating fragrance, thyme is a wonderful addition to poultry, bean, egg and vegetable dishes.
An interesting piece of history about thyme: Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage. The spread of thyme throughout Europe was thought to be due to the Romans, as they used it to purify their rooms and to "give an aromatic flavour to cheese and liqueurs". In the European Middle Ages, the herb was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. In this period, women would also often give knights and warriors gifts that included thyme leaves, as it was believed to bring courage to the bearer. Thyme was also used as incense and placed on coffins during funerals, as it was supposed to assure passage into the next life.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Today's recipe is a classic example of simplicity at its best. It is a quick and simple recipe to make and yet healthy for all age group people. Even my 3 year old enjoys it always.

Serve:            2-3 persons
Preparation time:    60 minutes


Chicken Drumsticks:              600 grams (with or without skin)
Thyme:                                  1 tablespoon
Red onion:                             1 medium (cut in squares)
Yellow capsicum                   1/2 (cut in squares)
Lemon Juice:                         2 tablespoon
Lemon slices:                         2-3 slice (medium thick)
Garlic:                                   5-6 cloves (crushed)
Olive Oil:                              1 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Freshly crushed pepper


1) Preheat the oven at 250 degree celsius. Spread chicken, onion & capsicum in a bake and serve evenly.
2) Crush the garlic and spread over the chicken. Arrange the lemon slices.
3) Add lemon juice, olive oil salt and pepper and bake it for 30 minutes.
4) Change the oven to grill mode and cook it for further 15-20 minutes until brown and crispy.
5) Serve hot with additional seasoning if required.


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