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These past months i had enough of pesto pasta i needed something different? replace pasta this time and use your basil pesto for this mind-blowing pesto roasted chicken today! You will be supersized how easy and quick this dish preparation is your oven does all the heavy work enjoy my friend

With the abundance of basil leaves in our kitchen garden, we had enough of basil pesto pasta. I wanted to use my pesto differently this time but didn’t have enough time to give too much thought to it. So I simply took my pesto, slathered it on the chicken drumsticks and shove them to the oven. That’s all there is to this recipe! And you ask me the outcome?

Basil pesto is already a favorite thing of mine – but only the homemade ones, the bottled ready-made pesto available in the supermarkets sucks big time (I can’t stress enough how gross they are!) Home made is the best 


Wash and pat dry the chicken drumsticks. Make few slashes on the meaty areas of the drumsticks using a sharp knife.

Add minced garlic, basil pesto, salt and pepper to taste to the drumsticks and give a very good mix making sure the marinade goes inside the cuts of the chicken.

Marinade the chicken for 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

When you are ready to roast, preheat your oven to 200 C / 400 F and place the rack at the top most level.

Arrange the marinated chicken on a roasting tin keeping enough gap between pieces. You can line the roasting tin with aluminum foil for easier cleaning.

Brush 1 tablespoon of oil on top of each chicken pieces.

Place the roasting tin on the wire rack at top level and roast the chicken using the broil mode. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes first, then flip them over and brush the remaining oil on top. Finally broil them for another 30 to 35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and charred. You can check the internal temperature using an instant-read thermometer and it must register at least 165 F.

Serve the hot presto roasted chicken with some lemon wedges and your favorite beverage


Chicken drumsticks – 6, skin-on
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Garlic – 8 to 10 cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Basil pesto – 1 cup


Serving Size: 1 (114 g)     Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories 200.4    Calories from Fat 39 20%    Total Fat 4.4 g 6%    Saturated Fat 1 g 4%    Cholesterol 109 mg 36%    Sodium 210.1 mg 8%    Total Carbohydrate 1.5 g 0%    Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%    Sugars 0.2 g 0%    Protein 36.3 g 72%

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