Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Cilantro Marinade

Grill it, bake it or pan fry it, cilantro marinated drumsticks are going to taste terrific…

The best homemade grilling marinade and the most delicious grilled drumsticks I had in a long time. I warn you, don’t even think of grilling just a few drumsticks, grill as many as you can. You are going to get selfish and may want to gobble up all without sharing with your guest. Do you really want to spoil your reputation by running short? :p

To me, grilling means relaxing and getting my food ready by doing the least amount of work. I don’t even want to spend any time making the marinade or sauce, that’s why I depend on store bought marinades. While grilling, the only work I have to do is the occasional flipping of the meat, most of the times my hubby will volunteer, lucky me! This year, we had started grilling in early spring and we have been very active since then and never seem to get tired of grilling. Though I did get tired of the store bought grilling sauces, hence last weekend I made up my mind to create my own homemade marinade. I only had one requirement, it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. In less than 5 minutes I had my grilling marinade ready to give a good massage on the drumsticks.

One herb that I used to dislike as a kid and now I tend to add that to almost every dish I prepare is cilantro. Curry leaves is a common herb in Kerala, I don’t think there would be any curry dishes prepared in kerala without the addition of curry leaves. I love the aroma of them and it’s quite healthy too. I made the marinade by making a paste of cilantro, curry leaves, onion, ginger and green chilies. Marinated the drumsticks in the paste, allowed it to rest for a while and grilled it. The marinade got caramelized while grilling and gave the drumsticks an unbelievably terrific taste. We loved and ate it with so much vigor!

I grilled it, if you don’t have a grill, go ahead and bake it. If you don’t have an oven, go ahead and pan fry it. It’s going to taste great no matter how your preparation mode is.

Grilled Cilantro Drumsticks

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Drumsticks- 10

Making cilantro marinade:

  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Green chilies- 2
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 cup
  • Curry leaves- 3 stalks
  • Salt- to taste
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Water- enough to make a thick paste

While grilling:

  • Olive oil or vegetable oil- for coating
  • Lemon juice- to drizzle on grilled drumsticks

Instruction

  • Add all the ingredients for making the marinade in a blender and grind it to a smooth thick paste.
  • You could use skin-on drumsticks or skinless.
  • In a large bowl, marinate the drumsticks with the cilantro marinade, keep aside for 30 minutes or keep refrigerated overnight.
  • Have the grill ready, grease the grill with non-stick cooking spray, place the drumsticks on the grill and grill it covered at medium high heat.
  • Brush the drumsticks with little olive oil, flip it over and grill till it gets browned.
  • Before you take it out, drizzle lemon juice over each drumsticks, grill it for a couple of minutes and remove it from the grill.
  • Make sure you don’t grill till the drumsticks get dry, it should be juicy inside and crispy outside.
  • While serving, you could wrap the end of the drumsticks with aluminum foil so that it will be easy to hold.

Making the dipping sauce:

  • After you take the drumsticks out of the marinade, you will still have some marinade left on the bowl.
  • Pour the marinade in a sauce pan, cook it along with 3-4 tbsp water till the raw smell of the sauce goes away, gets thickened and starts to get fried.
  • Serve in a small bowl along with the grilled cilantro drumsticks.

Baking:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Place the marinated drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping it over after 15 minutes and sprayed with olive oil.
  • Before taking it out, drizzle lemon juice over the baked drumsticks and bake for a couple more minutes.

Pan frying:

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat, add 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Place the drumsticks over the oil without crowding and fry till it turns golden brown in color, flipping it over occasionally.
  • If you want you could add more oil.
  • Towards the end of frying, drizzle lemon juice over the drumsticks.
  • Serve hot along with the cilantro sauce.

 

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Cilantro Marinade
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken Drumsticks- 10
Making cilantro marinade
  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Green chilies- 2
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 cup
  • Curry leaves- 3 stalks
  • Salt- to taste
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Water- enough to make a paste
While grilling
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil- for coating
  • Lemon juice- to drizzle on grilled drumsticks
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients for making the marinade in a blender and grind it to a smooth thick paste.
  2. You could use skin-on drumsticks or skinless.
  3. In a large bowl, marinate the drumsticks with the cilantro marinade, keep aside for 30 minutes or keep refrigerated overnight.
  4. Have the grill ready, grease the grill with non-stick cooking spray, place the drumsticks on the grill and grill it covered at medium high heat.
  5. Brush the drumsticks with little olive oil, flip it over and grill till it gets browned.
  6. Before you take it out, drizzle lemon juice over each drumsticks, grill it for a couple of minutes and remove it from the grill.
  7. Make sure you don't grill till the drumsticks get dry, it should be juicy inside and crispy outside.
  8. While serving, you could wrap the end of the drumsticks with aluminum foil so that it will be easy to hold.
Making the dipping sauce
  1. After you take the drumsticks out of the marinade, you will still have some marinade left in the bowl.
  2. Pour the marinade in a sauce pan, cook it along with 3 to 4 tbsp water till the raw smell of the sauce goes away, gets thickened and starts to get fried.
  3. Serve in a small bowl along with the grilled cilantro drumsticks.
Baking
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Place the marinated drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping it over after 15 minutes and sprayed with olive oil.
  4. Before taking it out, drizzle lemon juice over the baked drumsticks and bake for a couple more minutes.
Pan frying
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat, add ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil.
  2. Place the drumsticks over the oil without crowding and fry till it turns golden brown in color, flipping it over occasionally.
  3. If you want you could add more oil.
  4. Towards the end of frying, drizzle lemon juice over the drumsticks.
  5. Serve hot along with the cilantro sauce.

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