BBQ chicken with beans

    1 hour

    This is a great way to cook good-value drumsticks, so that they are moist and tender. A simple barbecue sauce and a mixture of vegetables and beans makes a healthy dish children will love. Serve with a leafy side salad.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
    • ½ tsp dried marjoram
    • 8 chicken drumsticks, skinned
    • 450g leeks, split lengthways and sliced
    • 250g carrots, peeled and diced
    • 1 celery stick, diced
    • 300ml chicken stock
    • 350g frozen sweetcorn
    • 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 tbsp dark soft brown sugar
    • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
    • 1 tsp chilli sauce, or to taste
    • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
    • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan or flameproof casserole. Add the garlic, marjoram and chicken and cook over a moderate heat for 5 minutes, turning the drumsticks to brown them lightly all over. Transfer the drumsticks to a plate.
    2. Add the leeks, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes until the leeks are softened. Stir in the stock and replace the drumsticks, shuffling them among the vegetables. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until the drumsticks are tender. Use a draining spoon to transfer the drumsticks to a plate.
    3. Add the sweetcorn and cannellini beans and heat through for 1 minute. Then, using the draining spoon, transfer the vegetables to a serving dish. Cover and set aside to keep hot.
    4. Bring the liquid in the casserole to the boil. Stir in the sugar, vinegar, chilli sauce, ketchup and mustard. Boil hard for about 5 minutes until it has reduced to a slightly syrupy, shiny sauce.
    5. Put the drumsticks in the sauce and heat through, turning them to coat evenly. Serve the drumsticks on the vegetables, pouring over all the sauce.

    cook's tip

    The easiest way to skin chicken is to hold the end of the drumstick with a sheet of kitchen paper, then use another sheet of paper to tug off the skin. The paper allows you to get a good grip on the skin.

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