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Chicken Drumsticks Recipe | The Foodie Eats

Chicken Drumsticks Recipe - Savory, Sweet and Spicy

Savory, sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks with flavors inspired by Indian and Island cooking.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Island
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 360kcal
Author Gary White


  • 8 chicken legs
  • ¼ cup grape seed oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 ruby red grapefruite juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Season chicken legs with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet (or Dutch oven) over medium-high heat until hot, then add oil. Once oil is hot, add chicken and thoroughly brown on all sides.
  • Remove chicken and set aside. Drain most of oil, leaving about 2 tablespoons.
  • Reduce to medium heat, add onions, star anise, and cinnamon sticks – sauté for 2 minutes. Then add garlic and red pepper flakes – sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add juice of 1 grapefruit to deglaze pan, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and salt and pepper to taste. Then add browned chicken, increase heat, and bring to boil.
  • Move skillet to center oven rack and bake uncovered for 35 minutes.
  • Top with fresh parsley and enjoy!


It is very important to bring your pan back up to a strong boil before moving to the oven. This is the only way that your sauce will reduce down to the creamy goodness you want.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.3mg