Grilled Chicken Drumsticks


I use this marinade on grilled chicken drumsticks. I served it alongside homemade tortillas and guacamole, as well as Spanish rice.

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 hrs
Total Time:
20 hrs 45 mins
16 drumsticks


  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • ½ white onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 16 chicken drumsticks

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground thyme

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 large lemons


  1. Mix yellow onion, white onion, and garlic together in a bowl.

  2. Season chicken drumsticks with cilantro, oregano, cumin, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place chicken into the bowl with onion mixture. Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken, slice the rinds, and place into the same bowl. Cover and let sit in a refrigerator, 20 to 24 hours.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Cook on the preheated grill until an instant-read thermometer inserted into a drumstick reads at least 180 degrees F (82 degrees C), 30 to 45 minutes.

Cook's Note:

About 12 hours in, I switched the chicken and lemon marinade from the container to a large, freezer-sized, zip-top bag just to make sure the flavors blended. You can do this however you want; no container and just a bag. Or even just the container or a bag.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

162 Calories
8g Fat
3g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 162
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 207mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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