These Lemon Herb Chicken Drumsticks make a tasty mid-week meal for the whole family. Served with smoky-bacon greens, this delicious dish is quick and easy to prepare and cook. The recipe is FREE on Slimming World and is also suitable to enjoy on Extra Easy SP days too.
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Lemon Herb Chicken Drumsticks
We recently did an Extra Easy SP week which involves eating protein-rich foods with plenty of Speed vegetables and fruit.
Having followed various low-carb eating plans in the past this didn’t prove to be too difficult for me. For me personally, I don’t feel like I lost any more weight because of the Extra Easy SP week compared with a regular week, but it was nice to switch things up a bit.
Chicken is such affordable meat and it’s probably the meat that we eat the most in our household. It’s so versatile too and you’ll find lots of Slimming World Chicken Recipes on my blog.
As long as the chicken is cooked without the skin and without added fat, it is Syn free.
So for this recipe, I removed the skin from the drumsticks which is really simple to do and simply roasted them with some lemon and herbs. They tasted so good hot and equally delicious cold, making them a great thing to throw into a lunch box.
You could use your choice of green veggies which are cooked with some smoked bacon and garlic – yum!
This recipe serves 4 and is FREE when Food Optimising. It is also suitable for Extra Easy SP.
Why I Adapt Recipes
The chicken drumsticks recipe has been adapted from an official SW magazine. I usually adapt recipes to suit my family’s personal tastes.
This might be leaving out an ingredient we don’t like (e.g., celery), adding more or fewer ingredients (e.g., chilies or spices), or tweaks to the way the original recipe is prepared.
As a family, we are all trying to eat healthier and lose some weight, so you can rest assured that any changes I make are going to be Slimming World friendly.
So for example, I wouldn’t replace 5% beef mince (Free) with 20% beef mince (not Free) or add olive oil to a recipe without including the Syn count.
All of the SW friendly recipes I share on The Purple Pumpkin Blog have been made by me and tried and tested by my family.
I hope you enjoy the recipes I share! I’m posting them to keep me focused, motivated, and on-track to reach my goals. I hope they help you to reach yours too!
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Tracking what you eat at each meal, along with your Healthy Extras, and Syns means you can monitor when things go well – and when they don’t – so can figure out how to improve next time.
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More Slimming World Friendly Recipes
Want a few Slimming World recipes to try next? Here are some of my favourites:
- Slimming World Chicken Tikka Biryani with Mango
- Slimming World Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges
- Steak Fajita Salad with Black Beans (Slimming World Friendly)
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- To remove the skin from the drumsticks, simply grab the skin the top and gently pulled down – it comes away pretty easily. Use a piece of paper towel to hold on to the edge of the skin so that it’s not too slippy. If the chicken skin doesn’t come away at the bottom end of the drumstick use a sharp knife to cut it away.
- Don’t be afraid of using too many herbs – they add a great flavour to the chicken!
- You can switch the herbs and the green veggies to your personal preference – that’s what I did!
- You could use all oregano, or all rosemary, or even just used dried mixed herbs.
- Kalettes (which are a hybrid vegetable between kale and Brussels sprouts) are my new favourite thing, if you can’t find them, use kale or even sprouts instead.
- Instead of sugar snap peas, you could use mangetout or green beans.
- This is such an easy recipe you can’t go wrong, even if you make changes.
For the Chicken Drumsticks
- 8 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
- 2 lemons, halved
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried rosemary
- 1 garlic granules
- Salt and pepper
For the Smoky-Bacon Greens
- Low-calorie cooking spray
- 100g smoked back bacon rashers, visible fat removed, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 chicken stock cube crumbled into
- 300ml boiling water
- 300g tenderstem broccoli
- 100g kalettes (or kale)
- 200g sugar snap peas
- 100g fresh spinach
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
- Place the chicken drumsticks into a large sealable food bag. Squeeze half a lemon into the bag and sprinkle in the herbs, garlic granules, salt, and pepper. Shake to coat then tip the chicken into a non-stick roasting tin and place the other lemon halves, cut-side up, in between the drumsticks.
- Roast for 30 minutes or until the chicken is golden and cooked through.
- Meanwhile, spray a large lidded pan with cooking spray and fry the bacon and garlic for 5 minutes or until the bacon is cooked.
- Stir in lemon juice and chicken stock then add the broccoli and kalettes. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the sugar snap peas and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Stir in the spinach and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Serve the chicken with the greens. Squeeze over the roasted lemon halves for extra zing.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 258mgSodium: 817mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 59g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
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Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan is a healthy, flexible approach, based on everyday foods, to help people lose weight without ever going hungry. It’s a practical, family-friendly plan that fits easily into everyday life and doesn’t require complex weighing and measuring or obsessive calorie counting. – Slimming World
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