Chicken Drumsticks with Lemon and Garlic

  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 20 mins

Grilled chicken drumsticks are marinated in garlic and lemons.

National Chicken Council


8 -- chicken drumsticks
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 -- lemons, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In small skillet over medium-low heat, combine olive oil, garlic and lemon zest. Cook until garlic begins to color, about 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place in zippered plastic bag. Add chicken drumsticks; toss well to coat. Refrigerate and let marinate at least one hour or up to overnight.
  2. Prepare gas or charcoal grill, or preheat broiler. Remove chicken from refrigerator and sit at room temperature about 20 minutes. Discard marinade.
  3. Grill drumsticks uncovered (or broil) over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, turning to sear all sides. Move chicken to medium-low heat and continue grilling for additional 12 to 15 minutes, turning every 3 minutes, until cooked through. Drumsticks should register 170 degrees on meat thermometer. 

Adapted from Chicken on the Grill by Cheryl and Bill Jamison, Morrow Cookbooks, 2004.



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