Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

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Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks Recipe
Add rich flavor to chicken drumsticks by marinating them in a mixture of coffee, brown sugar, red pepper, cinnamon and chili powder.  If you're serving this recipe to the kids, you can just leave out the red pepper.
4 Servings


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1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee
1/4 cup salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
8 chicken drumsticks (2 1/2 lb. total)


Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes

In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups water, coffee, salt and sugar until salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Stir in chili powder, red pepper, garlic and cinnamon. Add chicken. Top with a small plate, if needed, to keep chicken submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat broiler. Lift chicken from brine and place on a broiler pan. (Discard brine.) Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat source until browned, about 10 minutes. Turn chicken pieces and broil until second side is browned, 10 minutes more.

Set oven to 350°F. Move pan to a rack in middle of oven and bake until drumsticks are no longer pink at bone (cut to test), 10 to 15 minutes longer. Serve hot.

Created date

October 2007

Nutritional Information

Calories 289
Fat 13 g
Satfat 4 g
Protein 29 g
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 118 mg
Sodium 161 mg