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Firecracker Chicken

Great sweet smoky flavor
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Bonfire Night recipes, smoky chicken marinade, sweet smoky chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 561kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken parts i.e. 12 drumsticks
  • Salt & pepper


  • 2 tbs smoked paprika
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 2-3 drops Tabssco optional use more for more heat


  • Sprinkle the chicken parts with about 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
  • Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl. The Tabasco is optional if no heat is wanted, but if you do, use as much as you like.
  • Place the chicken parts in a plastic zipper bag and pour in the marinade. Shake the bag to coat all the pieces. Place the chicken in the refrigerator to marinate at least 30 minutes but overnight and up to a day is preferred. The chicken can also be frozen in the marinade for future use.
  • To cook: Preheat oven to 425F/220C. Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with non-stick parchment. Pour any leftover marinade over the chicken. Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the pieces. For instance, drumsticks take about 30 minutes and thighs take about 40 minutes.


See post body for air fryer method


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1947IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg