The one and only chicken drumstick recipe you’ll need for the summer grilling season! This easy grilled chicken recipe with chimichurri sauce is bursting with flavor and it’s unbelievably juicy! Plus, it’s super easy to make – plus, you can have the chimichurri recipe ready to go in 5 minutes.
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The Chimichurri Marinade
If you’ve never had chimichurri sauce before, you are seriously missing out on some incredible flavor! It’s a zesty and refreshing herb sauce made with cilantro, lime juice, garlic and peppers. I love this sauce as a dip and as a marinade, like in this recipe. And adding this sauce to grilled chicken is a no brainer!
For best results, marinate the chicken drumsticks in the marinade overnight, allowing all those incredible flavors to really sink into the meat. I also like to make a quick dipping sauce for the chicken using a bit of the chimichurri sauce combined with Greek yogurt, olive oil and salt. It’s super creamy and the perfect complement to the grilled chicken. Just set aside a few scoops of the sauce before pouring it over the chicken!
Choices For Grilled Chicken
Choosing the correct type of chicken meat is super important when grilling it. I recommend going with juicier cuts of meat with the skin and bones intact. The skin will be nice and crispy when grilled and the bones will keep the meat very moist!
My husband loves chicken drumsticks so I tend to use them the most for this recipe. You can also use chicken thighs and chicken breasts; just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly! Large chicken pieces always require more time to cook.
Use Your Oven!
Want to enjoy this chicken recipe outside of the grilling season? Just preheat your oven to 425F and place the chicken onto a foil-lined baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway through, until the internal temperature reaches 160F. For the last 5 to 7 minutes, turn on the broiler and broil the chicken under high heat to get the skin nice and crispy!
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Side Dish Ideas!
I usually serve this chicken with a few simple side dishes, like my favorite ‘Kale Pomegranate Salad’ and cheesy ‘Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potatoes’. Get those recipe here:
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