Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Chicken

This chicken drumstick recipe is rich and creamy, creating tender and juicy meat and a beautiful sauce.

At a glance

Approx 1 hour
Serves 4 people


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2-3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 400g sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1½ cups evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp chicken stock powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp of extra milk
  • ¾ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped extra parsley, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C
  2. Season chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Spray oil onto a large, non stick and oven-proof pan over medium-high heat until hot. Sear chicken until golden and crispy on each side (about 3-4 minutes each side).
  4. Transfer chicken to the oven and roast until completely cooked through (30-40 mins). Once chicken is done, transfer to a warm plate and set aside. Drain some of the excess fat from the pan reserving 2 tablespoons for added flavour.
  5. Return pan to the stove over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic in the pan juices until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the mushrooms, herbs and 2 teaspoons of parsley and fry until mushrooms begin to soften.
  6. Reduce heat to low-medium heat, add the milk and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally, being careful not to boil. Add in the chicken stock powder, then season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  7. Add in the extra cornflour/milk mixture and continue to simmer, while quickly stirring through until the sauce thickens.
  8. Add ½ cup of parmesan cheese; allow sauce to simmer for a further minute until cheese melts through the sauce. Add the chicken back into the pan and allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes in the cream to take on the flavours. Taste test and add extra salt or pepper, if desired.
  9. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup of parsley and ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
  10. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli and mashed sweet potato.