Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

Coffee-Brined Chicken DrumsticksRecipe
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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Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes

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


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)


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.