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Cape Gooseberry Chicken Drumsticks

M Updated November 24, 2019
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cape gooseberry chicken drumstick recipe
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After growing a good crop of cape gooseberries I was looking for another way of using them instead of making a preserve or eating fresh. Cape gooseberries go well with most types of meats but this simple chicken drumstick recipe really tantalises the taste buds to the extreme!

Recipe Info

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Serves or Units
4 people


2 Cup Ripe cape gooseberries (or about half a hat full)
8 Portions Chicken drumsticks
5 x Chilies (I used Cayenne medium heat)
4 Tablespoons Olive oil
2 Tablespoons Brown sugar (or white if you want)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Cracked pepper
Qty Enough for 4 Sides (eg asparagus, carrot, and bread rolls)


  1. After washing, remove the tough stem end of the cape gooseberry and cut them in half placing them all in a mixing bowl.
  2. Chop chillies and leave the seeds in for more heat or remove seeds for less heat (use appropriate chilli for your taste) then add to bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper and mix well.
  4. Place chicken drumsticks in a deep baking dish and pour the cape gooseberry marinade over the top. Cover and leave in fridge for several hours (or overnight) to enhance flavours.
  5. Bake uncovered in the oven at 180C (356F) for about 50 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through. If the top starts to burn then you can cover it during the later stages of cooking with a lid or alfoil.
  6. After cooking plate up by ensuring to spoon over the cooked berries and pan juices. Serve with whatever sides you have prepared - I suggest asparagus, carrots and sourdough bread rolls to mop up the juices - YUM!

This cape gooseberry chicken drumstick recipe matches perfectly and really is minimal ingredients or fuss for maximum taste. 

It's also different and if you grow the berries and as many other ingredients you can it makes the dish all the more special not just due to the freshness but the extra effort and knowledge about "where that food has come from" is always a kitchen table dinner winner conversation starter. 

Check out the YouTube video attached to this written recipe. 

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