Prep Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
35 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

pcdragonfly's Review

August 13, 2012

bluesleepy's Review

August 01, 2012
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.

AutumnB's Review

February 19, 2012

Zaykaam's Review

July 26, 2011
I thought that this was pretty good... but not great. I might give it another shot only because I really do like brining chicken.

bobbadagirl's Review

April 27, 2011
... 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.

MaureenCrowe's Review

April 28, 2010
We LOVE this recipe! This is a staple in our household! It is VERY easy and inexpensive to make!

1cookfromBrea's Review

January 22, 2010
This recipe is a winner & I’m not a coffee drinker! Be sure to brine the chicken for at least 4 hours (no more than 6). At Henry’s, 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 – you can’t beat that for a cheap weeknight entree that tastes far better than most store-bought rotisserie chickens.

sccook's Review

January 13, 2010
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.

karenkoon's Review

August 15, 2009
We did not like this recipe at all. The flavor was OK but the texture was mushy, and it was way too salty. Did not brown well.