Chicken Drumsticks with Cilantro Pesto

Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

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


Serves 4 (serving size: 2 drumsticks and about 2 tablespoons pesto)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 353
Fat 16.6 g
Satfat 4 g
Sodium 448 mg


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)


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.

Robin Bashinsky,

Cooking Light

July 2014
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