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Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Yield 4 Servings
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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 289
  • fat 13 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • protein 29 g
  • carbohydrate 13 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 118 mg
  • sodium 161 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.