Cheap Recipe: Chicken Drumstick Rice Bake

14 Sep

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.

 

This one-dish recipe presents as a multi-course meal on the dinner plate.

This one-dish recipe presents as a multi-course meal on the dinner plate.

I got lucky over the weekend and scored a whopping TEN big chicken drumsticks for about $2 at my local Mad Pricer grocery store. I love Mad Pricer because it’s not a big, glitzy supercenter, but it has what I need. Plus, being a smaller, Mom-and-Pop type grocery, I can often find awesome products long-abandoned by our local super chains. (Examples include windmill cookies, Amish Pot Pie Noodles, and the amazing Underwood Roast Beef Spread, which is now impossible to locate anywhere else on the face of the planet.)

But getting back to dinner…I purchased a package of ten drumsticks knowing there was no way my family could possibly consume ten drumsticks for dinner. (As it turned out, we ate a total of 4.) Nonetheless, I figured baking them all at the same time meant I could swipe the leftovers and have a ready-made chance to whip up some Chicken Pot Pie the next day, because it would not matter that all the chicken was dark meat in pot pie. (Post for Chicken Pot Pie recipe forthcoming.)

Here’s the initial chicken drumstick dinner I prepared, which I tweaked from something I saw in a Pillsbury recipe booklet I bought in 1999:

Mix the chicken broth and rice really well so all of the rice cooks evenly.

Mix the chicken broth and rice really well so all of the rice cooks evenly.

Begin by preheating oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9″ x 12″ glass baking dish with nonstick spray. In bottom of dish, combine 1 (14-oz) can chicken broth and 1 cup regular white rice. Mix these two ingredients well, spreading rice out evenly over bottom of pan and being sure not to leave any pockets of unmoistened rice (or it won’t cook properly).

Next, add 1 regular, undrained can of diced tomatoes (I used the kind with italian seasoning) to the rice mixture. I just let mine

Arrange zucchini slices in a thin layer over the mixture. Slices should lay relatively flat.

Arrange zucchini slices in a thin layer over the mixture. Slices should lay relatively flat.

sit on top of the mixture so none of the rice would wind up on top of the liquid and dry out. Dump a drained can of mushrooms (I used pieces & stems, which I scored for 39 cents) over the tomato layer and spread around.

Thinly slice a medium-sized zucchini and arrange slices in rows (ratatouille-style) over the tomato and mushrooms.

Space the drumsticks evenly across the zucchini for even cooking.

Space the drumsticks evenly across the zucchini for even cooking.

Pull the skins off of 6-10 raw chicken legs and arrange drumsticks on top of the zucchini. Discard skins. Sprinkle chicken with paprika, thyme and garlic powder, or substitute any seasonings you see fit.

Coat the inside of a piece of aluminum foil with nonstick spray before covering. Pop covered dish in the oven.

Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until

Uncover after 30 minutes in oven and roast uncovered 20 additional minutes.

Uncover after 30 minutes in oven and roast uncovered 20 additional minutes.

drumsticks appear done. (Keep in mind that if you’re using large drumsticks or more than 6-7 of them, you should increase the uncovered cook time to compensate for the excess meat.

Serve by placing chicken legs on one side of plate and scooping out “casserole filling” to

Just look at those succulent layers.

Just look at those succulent layers.

be presented as a side dish. We had applesauce with ours, and the smoothness of the sauce was a nice contrast to the nutty texture of the rice and vegetable mixture.

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4 Responses to “Cheap Recipe: Chicken Drumstick Rice Bake”

  1. Linda September 15, 2009 at 5:30 AM #

    That sounds good.

  2. Gracie September 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM #

    It was pretty good. I wonder how it would be with salsa and black beans instead of italian tomatoes and mushrooms?

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