Nigella Lawson’s Buttermilk Chicken Legs


Another really simple, quick recipe for a great mid-week meal.  The chicken is marinated overnight and baked in the oven, resulting in tender, fall off the bone chicken legs.

Buttermilk marinated chicken legsThe preparation for this chicken was done the night before as I was clearing up after our meal, so this evening all I had to do was drain and roast them. So simple, and very quick.Nigella Lawson’s Buttermilk Chicken Legs(Nigella Express 2007, courtesy of• 12 chicken drumsticks (approximately 3 pounds total weight)• 2 cups buttermilk• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil• 2 cloves garlic, bruised and skins removed• 1 tablespoon crushed peppercorns• 1 tablespoon Maldon salt, sea salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt• 1 teaspoon ground cumin• 1 tablespoon maple syrupPlace the chicken drumsticks in a large freezer bag, and add the buttermilk and 1/4 cup of oil.Add the bruised garlic cloves to the bag with the crushed peppercorns and salt.Sprinkle in the ground cumin and finally add the maple syrup, and then squish everything in the freezer bag around to mix the marinade and coat the chicken.Leave the buttermilk marinated chicken in the fridge ideally overnight or out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Take the chicken pieces out of the bag shaking off the excess marinade, and then arrange them in a roasting tin lined with foil.Drizzle over the 2 remaining tablespoons of oil, and then roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until brown, even scorched in parts, and juicily cooked through.Simple roast chicken legs marinated in buttermilk