Sweet Curry Drumsticks with Basmati Pilaf Recipe
Sweet Curry Drumsticks with Basmati Pilaf
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes

Prep. time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes 

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Use U.S. brown basmati rice for additional fibre.

Replace drumsticks with chicken thighs if desired.

For 6 servings

- 12 chicken drumsticks (skin removed if preferred)
- Salt & pepper

- ¼ cup / 60 mL mango chutney or apricot jam
- 2 Tbsp. prepared yellow mustard
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tsp. mild Indian curry paste or powder

- 1 ⅓ cups / 325 mL U.S. basmati rice
- 2 cups / 500 mL no salt added chicken broth
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ cup (125 mL)frozen baby peas
- 1small carrot, grated
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2 Tsp. salt

Chicken drumsticks

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F / 220°C.
  2. Heat chutney in a microwave on high for 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in mustard, honey, lemon juice and curry paste.
  3. Toss drumsticks with half of the sauce mixture, ¼ Tsp. salt and the pepper.
  4. Arrange drumsticks on a nonstick foil or parchment paper lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes.
  5. Baste with sauce. Roast, basting and turning often, for 10 to 15 additional minutes or until sauce is caramelized and chicken is cooked through.


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter. Add rice and cook until lightly colored and all the grains are well coated. Add turmeric and 1/2 Tsp. salt. Mix.
  2. Add broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 12 minutes.
  3. Uncover and stir in peas, carrot, green onions and butter. Cook, covered, for an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.

Serve drumsticks with rice pilaf and sprinkle with extra green onions (if desired).


Nutritional values per serving (2 drumsticks, skin removed, with about 3/4 cup/175 mL rice)

512 calories, 14 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 131 mg cholesterol, 595 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 14 g sugars, 42 g protein. % RDI: 2% calcium, 20% iron, 15% vitamin A, 35% vitamin C.

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Photo and collaboration: USA Rice Federation

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