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Roast Drumsticks with Tomatoes

It’s super easy to throw a handful of tomatoes in salads, but they reach another level when roasted in a pan with chicken drumsticks or thighs. I’ve made this recipe a couple of times, adding Thai basil or rosemary to send it in another direction.

I got a really good crop of cherry tomatoes this year by Crate Gardening. Crate Gardening let me grow tomatoes, peppers and herbs on hard surfaces and in poor soil areas I couldn’t have used in the past.

chickenRoast Drumsticks with Tomatoes

Makes 6 servings
Start to Finish: 1 hour


3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, smashed
6 drumsticks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

2. Arrange the onion, tomatoes and garlic in an even layer in the base of the casserole dish. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

3. Season the drumsticks with salt, pepper and paprika. Arrange them in a single layer on top of the tomatoes and then drizzle the chicken with the last tablespoon of olive oil.

4. Roast until the tomatoes are very tender and the chicken is fully cooked, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

Crate Gardening:

  • Use a Plastic Milk Crate* as a planter
  • Line it with cardboard or a doubled black plastic bag
  • Poke drainage holes in the sides 2 inches up
  • Fill the crate with a 50/50 mix of compost and planting soil
  • Add a slow release fertilizer when the box is 1/2 full
  • Add more soil and put in the plants
  • Fill to within 3 inches of top
  • Add 2 inches of compost
  • Sprinkle slow release fertilizer on top of soil
  • Use black plastic tucked in the sides or shredded newspaper as mulch
  • Water around base of plant regularly and thoroughly
  • Enjoy the harvest

*You can buy Plastic Milk Crates at Home Depot.

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