Recipe

Crunchy buttermilk chicken

Get the kids to help coating juicy drumsticks in a deliciously crunchy cornflake crumb.

  • 1 hr preparation
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 5½ cup (220g) corn flakes
  • 1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • ⅓ cup (50g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup (180ml) buttermilk
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (1.2kg)
  • 2 corn cobs (800g), trimmed
  • 2 rindless bacon slices (130g)
  • 80 g mixed salad leaves

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan
  • 2
    Place the corn flakes in a large resealable plastic bag; crush with a rolling pin until coarse. Place the corn flakes crumbs in a medium bowl with the thyme.
  • 3
    Mix the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Pour the buttermilk into another shallow bowl.
  • 4
    Take the skin off the drumsticks (or ask the butcher, or an adult, to do this for you). Coat the drumsticks all over in the flour mixture, shake off any excess flour. Dip the drumsticks in the buttermilk, then dip in the corn flake mixture, turning until covered all over.
  • 5
    Line a large oven tray with a piece of baking paper. Place the drumsticks on the tray, in a single layer; place in the oven and roast for about 40 minutes or until cooked through. If the chicken is getting too brown during cooking, cover the tray with foil. To test if the chicken is cooked, remove one piece of chicken and place it on a plate. Cut into the thickest part of the chicken to the bone – the meat should not be pink.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, using a heavy flat-bladed knife, cut the corn cobs in half (or ask an adult to do it for you). Cut the bacon slices in half lengthways. Wrap the bacon strips around the corn cobs; secure the bacon ends with a toothpick. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 7
    Place the corn on an oven tray; place in the oven for the last 20 minutes of the chicken cooking time.
  • 8
    Serve the chicken and corn with salad leaves on the side.

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