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Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

  • Author: MIchelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This marinated chicken drumsticks recipe is very easy and uses very simple ingredients while obtaining the best results. Make this chicken Spanish-style.



  • 15ml (1 tbsp) paprika
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5ml (1 tsp) ground cumin
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) black pepper
  • 1.25ml (¼ tsp) cayenne pepper
  • 10ml (2 tsp) brown sugar
  • oranges, zested and juiced
  • 8 chicken drumsticks


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a plastic bag and marinate the chicken overnight. It helps to knead the bag every now and then to make sure the chicken is completely covered.
  2. Preheat the oven to 140°C/fan 120°C/285°F/gas mark 1.
  3. Arrange the drumsticks in a dish in a single layer. Drizzle a bit of marinade over them to keep them moisturized. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  4. Take the chicken out of the oven and increase the temperature to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  5. Remove the foil and pour a bit more marinade to the chicken and make sure the drumsticks are well-coated.
  6. Return the chicken to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes, turning several times, until the chicken is tender and nicely glazed.
  7. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.


  • Instead of baking the chicken in the oven you can barbecue them while continuously glazing them with the marinade. Another method is to par-cook them in the oven first, then finishing them off on the grill.
  • Drumsticks were used in this recipe to ensure even cooking. You are welcome to use chicken wings, thighs or breasts instead. Take note that you will need a longer cooking time if the pieces are bigger – bake for longer at 140°C/fan 120°C/285°F/gas mark 1 but keep the browning/glazing stage at 20 minutes at 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Spanish


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 287
  • Sugar: 25.3g
  • Sodium: 389mg
  • Fat: 5.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.5g
  • Fiber: 6.8g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg