Mary Berry's Smoky Firecracker Chicken Drumsticks

Mary Berry's simple smoky roasting tin chicken dish, as seen on her BBC2 series Simple Comforts, is a guaranteed crowd pleaser perfect for the colder months.

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Heart-warming comfort dishes from the nation's favourite cook
With easy, family-friendly recipes as well as all-out weekend feasts
Including chapters full of indulgent bakes and sweet treats


Simple food that can be hand-held like these drumsticks is perfect for a November evening, sitting round a bonfire with the children. The sweet smoked paprika gives a lovely woody taste. 

Serves 4–6


12 chicken drumsticks
For the marinade:
2 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp maple syrup
6 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Tabasco sauce, to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/Gas 7. Line a large roasting tin with non-stick baking paper.

2. Measure the marinade ingredients into a bowl and mix well, then season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken drumsticks and leave to marinate for 30 minutes, or longer if you have time.

3. Lay the drumsticks in the roasting tin, then pour over the marinade, brushing it around both sides of the chicken. Roast in the oven for 30–40 minutes until golden and cooked through

Prepare ahead: Can be marinated up to a day ahead.

Freeze: Freezes well once marinated.

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