There are a million and 14 ideas for your Harry Potter Party on Pinterest…no, I didn’t count, I’m just guessing. But practically none of them are real foods that will satiate a Hagrid-sized appetite like this Harry Potter inspired recipe for Hogwarts House Cup Chicken! I mean, if you’re going to serve a feast, you need more than chocolate frogs and overly-sweet Butterbeer, right!
Be sure to check out the main post for this recipe: What to Serve at Your Harry Potter Feast for the entire menu.
That’s where this recipe fits the bill. It’s easy enough that even if you’re not a seasoned cook, you can feel confident serving something delicious.
Hogwarts House Cup Chicken
I always loved that scene where Ron is two-fisting some chicken legs at one of the many Hogwarts feasts. It stuck in my mind so I created this recipe inspired by that scene. I call it House Cup Chicken because I think it has a nice ring to it. 🙂
The first thing you’ll need are some chicken drumsticks. They usually come in a package of 16 or so and will fit nicely in a 13 x 9 baking dish.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and let’s get started!
Seasoning the Chicken
First, remove the skin from the chicken.
This is most easily accomplished by lifting the skin off the wide end of the leg and pulling down toward the joint bone. Grip the chicken skin with a paper towel to keep it from slipping out of your hand. Give it a good tug and it will come off.
Ok, if you’ve never handled raw chicken before, this probably sounds completely disgusting. Be brave. You can do this! Or just grab some of these from the drug store or pharmacy department while you’re shopping.
After you’ve gotten your chicken all good and skinless, lay it in a baking dish. Put the bone ends toward the middle so they’ll all fit.
Next, drizzle a little olive oil over the chicken and sprinkle on salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. (These spices are part of my kitchen essentials.) If you have a bit of dried basil sprinkle that on as well.
I don’t use measurements when I’m cooking like this and I don’t believe you need to either. Take a close look at the following photo to see how much seasoning is appropriate. You want each bite to have plenty of flavor, but not too much. It’s just an even coating.
Roll each chicken leg over and season the other side. (You can use tongs to do this if you’re too chicken to touch chicken.)
Next, in a small measuring cup, mix together 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of honey. Pour this over the chicken.
Baking the chicken
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes and turn each drumstick over. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes until the chicken looks done and browned on top. A thermometer inserted into the chicken, close to the bone, should reach 165F/75C.
Plate and serve alongside a steaming mug of Hot Butterbeer or a pitcher of Pumpkin Juice!
Check out the rest of the menu in my post: What to Serve for Your Hogwarts-Inspired Feast for all the recipes including my most popular post ever: the world famous Hot Butterbeer!
Let the feast begin!
- 1 Pkg Drumsticks (about 16)
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Dried Basil
- Salt & Pepper
- ¼ C Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp Honey
- Remove skin from chicken.
- Sprinkle both sides of chicken legs with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and basil.
- Mix ¼ C Lemon Juice and 2 tsp honey. Pour over chicken.
- Bake for 40 minutes at 375, turning halfway through cook time.