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Chicken Drumsticks with Cilantro Pesto

Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
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Serves 4 (serving size: 2 drumsticks and about 2 tablespoons pesto)

Savory cilantro pesto tastes great as a dipping sauce for chicken drumsticks.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 8 skinless chicken drumsticks
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (including stems)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 353
  • fat 16.6 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • sodium 448 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to high heat. Combine 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1/8 ­teaspoon kosher salt, and ground red pepper; sprinkle over chicken drumsticks. Place drumsticks on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill 3 minutes or until charred; reduce heat to ­medium. Grill 18 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160°, turning occasionally.

  2. Combine cheese, water, lime juice, olive oil, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic cloves, serrano chile, and cilantro in a blender. Process until sauce is smooth. Serve sauce on the side for dipping.