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.
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)
How to Make It
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.
Easy, quick, and absolutely delicious. With the sugar added to the brine, the drumsticks brown almost too easily under the broiler. Five minutes of prep in the morning, and you've got an amazing dinner ready to go in the evening. Do not add more salt than the recipe suggests or your chicken will be over salted. My kids request this meal frequently.
... I was so curious that I had to try these, and you know what, they're actually delicious. And so cheap! I froze a bunch and they reheat wonderfully. I had no problem with browning or them being too salty - hmm, although, come to think of it and knowing me, I think I probably left them in the marinade for an hour at most.
This recipe is a winner & Iâm not a coffee drinker! Be sure to brine the chicken for at least 4 hours (no more than 6). At Henryâs, I found a Smoked Chipotle Chili powder that provided a nice balance of heat & smoke. Line your broiler pan (bottom) with foil and clean-up is a snap. Chicken legs often go on sale for .99/lb â you canât beat that for a cheap weeknight entree that tastes far better than most store-bought rotisserie chickens.
Thought these were good and flavorful. My kids loved them. Let the chicken sit out of the refrigerator for a few minutes before broiling. If you preheat the oven and place the chicken on the top rack, you should have no trouble getting the chicken to brown.