Lemon Garlic Baked Chicken Drumsticks

I wanted a simple to prepare dinner that I could make using what I had on hand. I had some chicken drumsticks that needed to be cooked up along with lemon, garlic, and olive oil. I marinated the drumsticks in the lemon marinade for several hours before seasoning them and browning them on the stovetop before moving them to the oven to bake. The chicken turned out delicious! It was tender, moist, and flavorful. My family squeezed a little extra lemon on their chicken before eating but I liked mine the way it was. I served this chicken with the Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan and some lemon broccoli for a healthy and delicious meal that we all enjoyed.

Combine the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, and minced garlic together in a large ziplock bag. Add the chicken and seal the bag then mix until it’s evenly coated. Place into the refrigerator to marinate for several hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a large OVEN PROOF pan that’s been coated in cooking spray over medium high heat. Remove the chicken from the bag and place on a plate. Season both sides of the drumsticks with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the chicken to the HOT pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip the chicken over and place into the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with extra lemon wedges if desired. Enjoy.

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Lemon Garlic Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 30-35 min.

Ingredients:

Juice and zest from 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp juice)
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
6 chicken drumsticks
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Extra lemon for serving, if desired

Directions:

Combine the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, and minced garlic together in a large ziplock bag. Add the chicken and seal the bag then mix until it's evenly coated. Place into the refrigerator to marinate for several hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a large OVEN PROOF pan that's been coated in cooking spray over medium high heat. Remove the chicken from the bag and place on a plate. Season both sides of the drumsticks with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the chicken to the HOT pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip the chicken over and place into the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with extra lemon wedges if desired. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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10 Responses to “Lemon Garlic Baked Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. 1

    ela@GrayApron — December 19, 2013 @ 4:26 am

    Lemon and garlic…an exciting combination, one of my favorite. Drumsticks look fantastic, perfectly baked. :) ela

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    Jenn — December 19, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    I love using lemon and garlic as a flavor combo with chicken… and this sounds perfect!!!!

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    Peggy Recker — December 19, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    Those sound yummy! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 19, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Between all the Christmas cookies, we still need easy weeknight recipes like these! What a delicious, quick fix for Monday through Friday. Love these, Pam!

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    Kim in MD — December 19, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    I love lemon garlic marinades, and I can just imagine how juicy this chicken is! Paired with the orzo and broccoli I bet this was one amazing meal!

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    Marjie — December 19, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    This looks like a wonderful flavor combination. I love drumsticks, because they’re moist, flavorful and fun!

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    Joanne — December 19, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    Simple and satisfying!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — December 19, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Drumsticks are my favorite! Major yum!

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    Jovina Coughlin — December 19, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Delicious combination.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 20, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    So yummy! Love lemon and garlic flavours.

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