Greek Baked Chicken Drumsticks – Chicken Drumstick Casserole Recipe NZ

When it comes to wholesome, heartwarming dishes, our Greek baked chicken drumstick casserole tops the list.

And trust us, there’s a reason why our chicken drumstick casserole recipes in NZ are worth trying! Crafted with Bird & Barrow’s signature, this dish promises both quality and a burst of delightful flavours. Whether you’re searching for a traditional oven-cooked method or a chicken drumstick slow cooker casserole, our versatile recipe caters to all.

Perfectly blending the quality of our free-range chicken with the homeliness of a classic casserole, this recipe is a must-try, whether you’re making this chicken drumstick casserole in NZ for a family gathering or a relaxed evening.


Looking for the key to the best chicken drumstick casserole? NZ produce, of course! All our birds are proudly raised in NZ.

12 x Bird & Barrow Free Range Chicken Drumsticks

1 x 400g tin cherry tomatoes in juice

½ tsp dried oregano

3 garlic cloves, finely diced

½ cup pitted black olives

100g feta cheese

Olive oil

Sea salt & cracked black pepper

Handful fresh thyme leaves

To serve: roasted potatoes, green salad

Equipment You’ll Need

A large casserole dish or slow cooker

A frying pan

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine the cherry tomatoes, oregano and garlic in a bowl. Mix well. Lay out the chicken drumsticks in an oven-proof dish. Pour over the cherry tomatoes and scatter the black olives. Crumble the feta over the top. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Top with thyme leaves, sea salt, and cracked black pepper.
  3. If you’re using a casserole dish, let your chicken drumstick slow cooker casserole bake for 40–45 minutes until browned and cooked through. If you’re opting for the slow cooker method, set it to low and let your chicken drumstick casserole cook for 4-5 hours.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Once the cooking is done, take out the bay leaves.
  2. Ladle your chicken drumstick casserole into deep plates or bowls. It pairs wonderfully with crusty bread or creamy mashed potatoes.


What other side dishes complement this chicken drumstick casserole?

We have recommended roasted potatoes or a green salad. However, given the Greek inspiration behind this chicken drumstick casserole recipe, traditional sides like a creamy tzatziki sauce, fluffy pita bread, or a fresh and zesty Greek salad are ideal choices that intertwine beautifully with the robust flavours of the dish. These sides not only enhance the dish but also make the meal more filling. 

Why opt for Bird & Barrow for chicken drumstick casserole recipes in NZ? 

Bird & Barrow stands for quality. Our chickens are proudly free-to-roam, ensuring a happier life and, subsequently, better produce. Using our chicken ensures your chicken drumstick casserole is wholesome, succulent, and genuinely NZ-made.

How do I store any leftover chicken drumstick slow cooker casserole casserole?

If you"re lucky enough to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container and place them in the fridge. They should remain delicious for up to 3 days. Remember, when reheating, ensure the dish reaches a hot temperature throughout before serving.

How do I ensure my drumsticks are cooked perfectly?

The key is to ensure an even heat distribution. If using an oven, position your dish in the centre. 

For those attempting the chicken drumstick slow cooker casserole method, ensure you give it ample time to slow cook to perfection.

The Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand advises that the internal temperature for bone-in chicken should be 82°C and the internal temperature for all other chicken should be 76°C. A useful tip is to cook until the juices run clear.