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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.

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  • 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


Servings 20
Preparation time 80mins
Cooking time 120mins
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Step 1

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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