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Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic and Sweet Potato

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I cut my little finger accidentally last Friday when I was slicing onion for our beef soup noodles. It really hurt and my finger’s bleeding a lot. Luckily, my finger is getting better and better, close to completely recovered right now.

After cutting my finger, I didn’t really cook at all for the past few days. We just had some simple and quick dishes. The other day, we talked about how to have a better dinner without my cooking. Quickly, we came up with this conclusion: my daughter suggested herself to cook a main dish, my husband cooked a side dish. However, my daughter had no idea of what to cook. Coincidently, I found an easy and quick recipe of garlic-roasted chicken from Food Network. It appeared just in time as a life-line for us. So my daughter adapted the recipe and baked this heavenly delicious dish, roasted drumsticks with garlic and sweet potato using what we have got in our fridge.

I hadn’t used sweet potatoes to go with any sauce cooked with vinegar before. Before trying this dish, I had little doubt about how the end result would be like. Amazingly, I found out the taste was wonderful. The sweetness of sweet potato subtly blended with the tangy sauce went really well with the moist and succulent chicken meat.

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic and Sweet Potato (Printable recipe)

Adapted from:Garlic-roasted Chicken []

  • 680 gm organic drumsticks
  • 1 golden sweet potato, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 200C (392F).
  2. Rinse drumsticks and wipe dry. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper to all sides. Season sweet potato slices with salt and olive oil to taste. Separate the heads of garlic into cloves. No need to peel at this stage.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown drumstick evenly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place sweet potatoes into a baking tray, arranged in a single layer. Add the drumsticks, garlic, onion and rosemary. Bake in preheated oven until drumsticks are done but still moist, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Remove baking tray from oven. Transfer sweet potatoes, drumsticks and onion on a warm plate, covered. Discard rosemary. Retain garlic in the tray (You might like to peel the garlic skin off at this stage. The skin of cooked garlic comes off easily. ) Pour chicken broth into tray, scrape up any browned bits with a wooden spoon from all sides. Add the vinegar and cook until boils. Then simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Pour the sauce and garlic over the drumsticks. Serve hot.
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  • I recommend organic drumsticks for this recipe if you can find some. It’s worth every dollar. The meat is heavenly delicious and tender. Or you might like to choose free-range drumsticks instead. It’s a good choice as well.
  • If you like to use chicken breast, get those with skin on for this recipe.


  1. Wow, this dish rocks. I love it withe the sweet potatoes. Great team work with the whole family. How old is your daughter?

  2. Wow......lovely to hear your daughter and hubby cooked....amazing! That's such a delicious dish of chicken....more so with my favourite....sweet potatoes :D Christine, so sorry to hear you cut your finger. I hope it has fully recovered. Please be careful.

  3. Oh ouch! Hope the wound is healing.
    The drumsticks look very delicious - it looks more like braised (looks so moist and juicy) than roasted.

    Agree with you on organic/free-range chicken - somehow they taste sweeter and better. But organic/free-range chicken is super expensive in Singapore. Cheaper in the US - even the chicken soup taste better when I choose organic!

  4. A delicious and wise combination of sweet potatoes and chicken! Your daughter has talent for cooking great comforting food.

  5. Christine
    I knew I would love the recipe when I saw the amount of garlic used! Wonderful and your pic is great!

  6. I forgot to add I am sorry about your accident (I have been there!) and wish you a speedy recovery!

  7. I've never had sweet potatoes with any sauce cooked with vinegar, too! Makes me wonder how it'd taste like if it were cooked in an adobo chicken mixture!

    Isn't it nice to know that your daughter and hubbs love to cook? It seems like I'm the only black sheep in my family. This is so sad but it's a crude fact my mom still cooks out of necessity -- she's married, with a household of five to take care of. She's literally forced to cook! Boo ... She doesn't cook for fun! How I wish she's the other way 'round!

  8. Looks delicious, I love anything with garlic in!

    Sorry to hear about your finger, glad its healing well :)

  9. Hope you feel better now!

    Love this recipe. I am always looking for simple idea with chicken drumsticks.

  10. Sorry to hear about your finger =( That happens to me a lot, that's why I leave most of the cutting to my hubs =P

  11. I love cooking with chicken drumsticks - moist, tasty, and cheap! Great mix with the sweet potatoes.

  12. this looks so delicious, I love chicken.drumstick and thigh my fave part..I will give this a try..thanks for sharing! Glad your finger is healing.. :)

  13. Sounds like a wonderful combination of sweet potatoes and tangy sauce, great with the chicken. Glad to hear your finger is ok.

  14. Hi Christine - hope you are feeling better now. But one sec - you have a daughter? You look sooo young in your twit pic (although partly hidden by camera!) and also, your daughter made dinner??!!? WOW! She takes after you - a great cook like Mum!

  15. so sorry about your finger... great recipe my girls love drumsticks!!


  16. I understand how it hurts and how inconvenience it is whenever the cut happens to any of our fingers. Take care and have a nice break.

  17. Fantastic looking dish and so beautifully photographed:-)

  18. Thats's a great idea of using sweet potato, I'm sure that it tastes delicious!