Tequila-Lime Chicken Drumsticks

Tequila-Lime Chicken Drumsticks are filled with the vibrant flavors of silver tequila, zesty lime juice, sweet honey, and clementines or orange wedges. This recipe pairs well with fluffy Mexican-style rice, cilantro rice, roasted vegetables, and/or creamy refried black beans. Serve this succulent chicken recipe as the main course for any family meal.

Photo by Courtney P.
Adapted from marthastewart.com
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PREP TIME

80

minutes

TOTAL TIME

120

minutes

SERVINGS

20

drumsticks

PREP TIME

80

minutes

TOTAL TIME

120

minutes

SERVINGS

20

servings

Adapted from marthastewart.com

Ingredients

  • 3/4

    cup silver tequila

  • 3/4

    cup freshly squeezed lime juice from about 6 to 8 limes

  • 1/3

    cup honey

  • 1

    tablespoon, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided

  • 3/4

    teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 4.5-pounds chicken drumsticks, about 20 drumsticks

  • 3

    tablespoons safflower oil

  • clementine or orange wedges, for serving, optional

Directions

Combine tequila, lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, chicken, and oil in a large resealable bag. Place in a baking dish and let stand at room temperature, turning bag occasionally, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove chicken from marinade, allowing excess to drip back into bag; pat dry. Reserve marinade. Place chicken on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, transfer marinade to a saucepan and boil over medium-high heat until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup, this should take about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and immediately brush with glaze. Serve warm or room temperature, with clementine wedges.

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