Full Time Meals: Mexican-Style Chicken

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes


8 chicken drumsticks
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion
1 red pepper
2 Tbsp fajita seasoning
1 stock cube (chicken or vegetable)
1 Tbsp tomato puree
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 large mug of basmati rice
1 large mug of water

(Serves 4)


  1. Whack the oven on at 180 C.
  2. Start by removing the skin from the drumsticks. Pull the skin down to the end of the bone and then, using a cloth to help you grip, pull the skin away completely.
  3. Heat the oil in a casserole dish (or any oven-proof dish with a lid). Once hot, add the chicken drumsticks. Cook for 10-15 minutes in the oven until they're nicely browned all over. Remove the drumsticks from the pan and put them on a plate to one side.
  4. Peel and roughly chop the onion, then cut up the pepper too. Add this to the same dish and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened and starting to brown. Add the fajita seasoning and crumble in the stock cube. Then add the tomato puree and give it a stir, cooking for another minute or two.
  5. Next, pour in the tin of chopped tomatoes, followed by the mug of rice. Fill up the same mug with water and add this to the dish. Add the chicken drumsticks back in. Bring this to a simmer so it's gently bubbling, and pop the lid on. Place this in the hot oven and cook for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, take the dish out of the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes, allowing any remaining liquid to be absorbed. Spoon onto plates and enjoy!