Chicken Masala Drumsticks – Spicy, pan fried chicken drumsticks

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Try this mouth-watering spicy chicken drumsticks, suitable for any occasion, if you are tired of the monotony of making the same chicken dishes over and over again.

I must thank my Indian friend, Yamini, for her valuable tips for making this dish finger-licking good.  Truly, the flavourful Indian spices and the tangy lemon juice work magically to enhance the taste.  Also,  I made this on the stove, instead of baking or grilling in the oven, to make the process a bit easier.

I have mainly focused on producing this dish sans anything artificial.  Hence, there are no artificial flavouring or spice mixes used in this recipe.  The combination of natural ingredients and shallow frying in olive oil, undoubtedly make this dish extra-healthy.

Let the kids pick these with their fingers and look away if they eventually lick the fingers!!!

You need the following ingredients for the marinade:




 Chicken drumsticks  6
 Mild red chili powder  1/2 tbsp
 Coriander powder and cumin powder  1 tsp each
 Garam masala  1 tbsp
 Ginger and garlic paste  1 tbsp
 Lemon juice  3/4 lemon
 Olive oil  2 tbsp
 Red food colour – powder (optional)  2 pinches
 Salt  1 tsp

 Let’s make :

Marinate it




  • Using a sharp knife, make a couple of slashes on each drumstick.
  • Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl using your fingers.  Add a bit more depending on your taste.
  • Leave aside for 20 mins.

Pan fry it

  • Pour about 3 tbsp of olive oil into a wide pan and heat up.
  • Drop the drumsticks and shallow fry, constantly turning.
  • Once they are cooked properly, push them to a side and drop some onion rounds and fry them.  These could be serve on the side.

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Serve it




  • Take out the drumsticks and arrange them on a foil placed on a flat plate along with onion rounds and a wedge of a lemon.
  • Take a few bread slices and toast both sides on the same pan.  The bread slices will be nicely coated with the juices from the  chicken and could be served on the side.
  • Some steamed vegetables tossed on butter or a crunchy salad will go just right with the drumsticks.
  • Bon appetite !!

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Chicken Devilled

Devilled Chicken – Bursting with fiery flavour

Try this delicious, easy to rustle up, fiery chicken dish for any main meal to go with rice, noodles or bread.  Add lots of veggies to give it a healty twist as well as to add tempting natural colours.

Also, you can warm up some tortilla wraps on a pan and fill them up with it and roll up to fix a perfect picnic, office or school lunch.  Store the left overs in the fridge and you can make a wrap in no time.

What you need to make this dish;

 Chicken thighs or legs (skinless, bite size pieces) 300 g
Red, Yellow and Green bell pepper 1/2 each
Onion 1
Red cheery tomatoes a handful
Leek 1 stem
Carrot 1 large
Ginger and garlic thinly sliced 1 tbsp
Soy sauce 2 tbsp
Fish sauce (a must to get the authentic Chinese flavours) 2 tbsp
Chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder  1 tsp each
Salt & lemon juice

Let’s make it:

Prepare the veggies 

Cut and place all the veggies separately on a  plate.
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  • Cut bell peppers, onion and carrot into squares
  • Slice the white part of leeks lengthwise and the green part in rounds
  • Slice ginger and garlic thinly

Prepare the chicken

    • Marinate the chicken with chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder,  lemon juice and salt
    • Cover and  keep aside for 20 mins
    • Heat up oil and shallow fry the chicken until golden on medium heat. Once cooked, cover and lower the fire to the minimum and keep for 5-10 mins for juices to run out .   Open the lid, scrape the juices off and fry a few minutes until all the chicken pieces are well coated.
    • Adjust salt at this point
Stir fry
  • In a separate, wide wok add two tbsps of olive oil and heat up
  • Brown ginger and garlic
  • Add carrots and stir fry until  soft
  • Add leek whites, followed by bell peppers and continue to stir fry
  • Add onion squares and the green parts of leek
  • Now push the vegetables to a side of the wok

Make the sauce:

Add salt,  tomato sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and Chinese chili paste in a small bowl and whisk them together)

  • Pour this sauce to the spared space of the wok, stir quickly until bubbly
  • Bring  sauces and vegetables together
  • Add the chicken pieces with all it’s juices
  • Stir fry on high flame a min or two
  • Finally, sprinkle some Chinese chili paste and mix
  • Serve hot or wrap in a tortilla
  • Yum!!!!

Chicken Devilled

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