Tandoori Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

July 06, 2013

Tandoori Grilled Chicken Drumsticks


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 drumsticks


  • For the Marinade
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 TB lemon juice
  • 3 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TB kosher salt
  • 1 TB granulated garlic (found in the spice aisle)
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 4 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks (~12), skin removed
  • Chopped scallions and cilantro for garnish, optional


  1. Whisk all marinade ingredients together.
  2. Pour over chicken, toss to coat, and chill several hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to cook heat a gas or charcoal grill over medium heat. Coat grates with oil or cooking spray.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and cook for 25 minutes, turning frequently for even browning.
  5. Serve warm or chilled garnished with cilantro and scallion.


Ask your butcher to remove the skin from the chicken drumsticks –it allows the marinade to really penetrate the meat. It’s not hard to do yourself – just use a paring knife to separate the skin from the meat and then use a paper towel to grip the skin and pull it down and off along the bottom of the bone.

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