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Chipotle Drumsticks and Spiced Rice with a Roast Tomatillo Salsa

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

30 minutes



About the Recipe

This delicious meal is sure to impress. The tomatillo salsa recipe was inspired by the recipe I saw in Otomi in Clifton, Bristol. While the marinade was something myself and my friend Jamie have been using for our taco nights. There's lots of amazing flavours here from the spices and chillies, however it isn't too overpowering. You can definitely crank up the heat if you like spice though!


Chipotle Marinade

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp chipotle in adobo sauce

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 shallot, finely diced

  • 2 Jalapeños, finely diced

  • 1 tsp celery salt (or normal salt)

  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

  • Juice of half a lime

  • 1 pack of chicken drumsticks or other protein

Salsa Verde

  • 500g tomatillos

  • 1 onion

  • 2 jalapeños

  • Juice of half a lime

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

  • 1 large handful coriander, chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spiced Rice

  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced

  • 1 tbsp Chipotle in adobo sauce

  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste

  • 1 Tsp Cajun seasoning

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup of rice

  • 2 cups of stock


Chipotle Marinade

  1. Start by prepping all of the ingredients above and tossing into a container together

  2. Add your protein of choice. I went for drumsticks but you could use tempeh, tofu, pork or whatever else you fancy. The possibilities are endless

  3. Mix together making sure whatever you're marinading is fully coated. Ideally do this the evening before you plan to cook it or in the morning to get maximum flavour into the meat. Half an hour beforehand will also give great results

Salsa Verde

  1. If you have fresh tomatillos, remove their husks and wipe with a damp cloth. Put a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook the tomatillos until they start to char.

  2. Add the onion and jalapeños and fry for 5 minutes, followed by the garlic for a further 2 minutes.

  3. Add this mix to a blender with the lime juice, coriander, and seasoning before blending until nice and smooth. I like to serve this as a dip for the drumsticks but works equally well drizzled over the top of your food.

Spiced Rice

  1. Add the onion to a saucepan on a medium heat and sweat down for 5 minutes before turning down the heat and adding your jalapeños, garlic, Chipotle, tomato paste, and Cajun seasoning. Cook until fragrant for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the rice, mixing it into the spice mix until coated and toast for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Cook with the lid off for 10 minutes before turning down the heat and putting the lid on. Steam for another 10-15 minutes until fluffy.

Garnish with 1 finely sliced spring onion

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