Zesty Italian Chicken Drumsticks are a delicious dinner recipe idea. Mess-free, lemon, garlic, olive oil and Italian seasoning marinade mixed together with chicken legs in a food bag.
Check out our step by step video and see the recipe card at the end of this page for full ingredients and recipes times.
What is the best cooking method for Chicken Drumsticks?
The ones in these pictures are oven-baked. Beautifully done and an oven is something that everyone has access to.
Try cooking them in an Air Fryer for quicker cooking & fantastic crispy skin. Check out our air fryer chicken thighs too.
Or equally great in the Summer grilled on the Barbecue (BBQ grill) .
How to make an Italian marinade for Chicken Legs?
It is so easy and cheap to make your own chicken drumstick marinades. We give you a step-by-step guide to making this zesty Italian marinade.
A simple mix of the following six ingredients
- Lemon (juice & zest)
- Garlic (puree or crushed)
- Dark Brown Sugar
- Dried Italian Seasoning - shop-bought consisting of
(Oregano, Basil, Red Pepper flakes, Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage and Parsley)
- Olive Oil
- White Wine Vinegar
We simply throw all the marinade ingredients into a large zip food bag. There is no order to do this in.
Just chuck it all in bish-bash-bosh! You can do this in a bowl, but we find this a quicker and cleaner method!
Seal the bag and use your hand to rub the ingredients together.
Next, add your Chicken Drumsticks, seal the bag and rub & twist the Chicken Legs into the marinade.
How long to marinate Chicken Legs?
For best results, let the chicken drumsticks sit in the marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you don't want to wait, you can cook it immediately without leaving it to marinate. It will still be tender and delicious!
As this marinade has lemon and vinegar in it, any longer than 2 hours will negatively affect the texture of the chicken meat.
Place directly into a baking tray, no need to oil or place foil down, the marinade will prevent them from sticking!
How long to cook chicken drumsticks in the oven?
Cook in a preheated fan 180°C /200°C / 400°F / gas mark 6 oven for 45 minutes turning halfway through to cook evenly
How to check if chicken drumsticks are cooked?
Forty-five minutes should give you perfectly cooked chicken drumsticks.
If your chicken drumsticks are particularly large, you may want to check them by placing a thermometer into the centre of the fleshy part of a drumstick. It should measure at least 165 F / 75 C.
Chicken Leg still pinkish?
Sometimes chicken meat can look pink, especially near the bone. This causes worry that the chicken's not cooked.
However, chicken meat can sometimes have a pink or brown tinge. If the temperature reaches 165 F /75 C your chicken will be safe to eat!
Add some fresh basil after they are cooked to add some extra flavour & colour.
We have serve on a bed of refreshingly wholesome Italian styled mozzarella and tomato, olives with baby leaves salad.
More Chicken Side Dishes
Another great recipe to serve these zesty Italian chicken drumsticks up with is our Italian Style Rice Salad, perfect for a BBQ!
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Zesty Italian Chicken Drumsticks
- 6 Chicken Drumsticks
- 6 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
- 2 teaspoon Gia Garlic Puree
- 2 teaspoon Italian Seasonig
- 1 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar
- ½ Lemon Juice
- 1 Lemon zest
- small handful Fresh Basil chopped
Oven Cook Method
- Place all marinade ingredients in a zip bag or sandwich bag, seal & use your fingers to push all the ingredients together
- Add the chicken drumsticks into the bag, mix together with the marinade, cook straight away or leave to marinate in the fridge for up to 2 hours.
- Place the marinated chicken drumsticks on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 45 mins at fan 180°C /200°C / 400°F / gas mark 6 turn halfway through.
- Add some fresh basil to serve
Air Fryer Method
- Follow Oven Method step 1-2
- Preheat Air Fryer to 190 °C. Place Chicken drumstick in a single layer inside airfryer for 25 minutes (turning halfway)
- Follow Oven Method step 1-2
- Place on preheated BBQ at medium-hot heat. Cook for 30-35 minutes turning every 5 minutes.
Post originally published on 31/05/2020, updated cooking temperature and time and serving suggestions on 23/04/2023.
Once the chicken drumsticks are fully cooked, transfer them onto a plate and allow them to cool down before storing them in the fridge.
Store in an airtight container or wrap in foil/plastic wrap if placing them directly into the fridge.
Cooked chicken drumsticks can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.
Freeze leftover cooked chicken drumsticks within 2 hours of cooking. They can be stored in freezer bags in the freezer for four months. Defrost before reheating.
It is safe to reheat cooked chicken drumsticks as long as it has been stored correctly in the refrigerator or freezer.
When reheating, heat the chicken drumsticks to an internal temperature of 165°F / 75°C or above. You can reheat cooked chicken in a oven or microwave.
If you choose to use a microwave, be sure to cover the container with a lid and cook in one minute intervals turning during reheating until piping hot throughout.
To reheat cooked chicken drumsticks in an oven, preheat the oven to 400°F and place the drumsticks on a baking sheet bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes
More Italian Recipes
Looking for more Italian chicken recipes, try our mozzarella chicken or check out other Italian recipes.
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