Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lemon Chicken Drumsticks

I decided to make this chicken after my friend over at Domestic Creativity mentioned how good it was.  My kids love chicken legs and I don't really make them often, so I bought a package of them and make this recipe.  They're so cheap!  I made the whole package; I think it was about 2.5 pounds.  I used dried herbs for this recipe.

We had this with Parmesan Orzo and probably broccoli- it was a few weeks ago, lol! 
Lemon Chicken Drumsticks
adapted from Annie's Eats

2 tbsp. fresh grated lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (1 tsp. dried)
1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves, finely minced (1/2 tsp. dried)
1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2-4 lbs. of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks
2 tbsp. melted butter
Thinly sliced lemons, for garnished

1.  Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in a large zipper-lock plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake well to blend. Place the chicken pieces in the bag with the marinade, pressing out excess air and sealing once more. Refrigerate and let marinate for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and transfer to a baking dish, skin-side up, reserving the leftover marinade. Brush the top of each piece of chicken with melted butter.

2.  Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the skins are crispy and well-browned. Halfway through baking, pour the remaining marinade over the chicken pieces in the baking dish. Once fully baked, cover loosely with foil and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with lemon slices and serve.
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tasteofbeirut said...

A perfect recipe and dish! Love these, their color and flavor and the idea of adding lemon zest is great!

What a Dish! said...

Thank you!