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Chicken Drumsticks with Lemon and Garlic

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Total: 40 min.
Lemon adds a tangy zest to these simple and delicious drumsticks.


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs garlic, minced
  • 3 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • In small skillet over medium-low heat, combine olive oil, garlic, and lemon zest. Cook until garlic begins to color, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Stir in lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Place in zippered plastic bag and add chicken drumsticks; toss well to coat. Refrigerate and let marinate at least one hour or overnight.
  • Prepare gas or charcoal grill, or preheat broiler. Remove chicken from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for around 20 minutes; discard marinade.
  • Grill drumsticks uncovered (or broil) over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, turning to sear all sides. Turn down to medium-low heat and continue grilling for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, turning every 3 minutes, until cooked through. Drumsticks should register 170°F on a meat thermometer.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition Facts

Calories 319
  Calories from Fat 168 (53%)
(30%)Total Fat 20g
(22%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
(39%)Cholesterol 118mg
(29%)Sodium 706mg
(13%)Potassium 441mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
(16%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(59%)Protein 29g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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