Lemon and Garlic Drumsticks

by Mona Sotomayor on Oct 21, 2023

Lemon and Garlic Drumsticks

Gone are the days of lacklustre weeknight family dinners. With our Lemon and Garlic Drumsticks recipe, each bite is a tantalising explosion of citrusy tang and delectable garlic goodness. It's a culinary masterpiece that's not only designed to appease young taste buds but also to intrigue and delight the most discerning palates. 

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Why Lemon and Garlic Make the Perfect Pair

In the world of culinary favourites, certain flavour combinations are simply meant to be. One such dynamic duo that never fails to impress is the delightful partnership of zesty lemon and aromatic garlic. In our Lemon and Garlic Drumsticks recipe, these two ingredients come together in a harmonious explosion of taste that elevates the dish to new heights. But what exactly makes lemon and garlic a match made in heaven? 

  • Zesty Freshness Meets Earthy Aroma. Imagine the bright, invigorating tanginess of fresh lemon meeting the warm, earthy aroma of garlic. It's an irresistible collision of flavours that awakens the palate with its vibrant contrasts. The citrusy notes of lemon bring a burst of freshness, cutting through the richness of the drumsticks, while garlic adds depth and complexity to the overall taste profile. This interplay of zesty and earthy is as invigorating as it is comforting.
  • Balancing Act of Sweet and Savory. Lemon and garlic don't just bring contrasting flavours; they also strike a delicate balance between sweet and savoury elements. The natural sugars in lemon contribute a hint of sweetness, which pairs perfectly with the savoury richness of garlic. This duality of taste creates a multidimensional experience that's oh-so-pleasing to the taste buds. 
  • Nutritional Benefits. Garlic has long been celebrated for its nutritional value and health benefits. It can help fight viruses, bacteria, and can even help with digestive issues. Bright, sunny lemons are packed with vitamin C and fibre, providing additional health benefits. 

Lemon and Garlic Drumsticks Recipe

Prep 3 hours (including 2-hour marinating time) | Serves 12


  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons plus 1 lemon, sliced
  • 12 chicken drumsticks


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add all ingredients except the chicken drumsticks and whisk to combine.

  2. Place chicken drumsticks in a large dish and cover with the lemon and garlic marinade. Ensure drumsticks are evenly coated. Cover and place in fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, two hours if possible.

  3. Preheat oven to 220°C. Arrange drumsticks in baking tray, placing lemon slices in between then bake for 30 minutes until cooked and golden.

  4. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

  5. Once cooked, remove the drumsticks from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serve in Style

To serve, arrange the drumsticks on a plate, garnish with chopped fresh parsley, and pair with your favourite sides. These drumsticks go wonderfully with a side of roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh green salad.

For an extra burst of flavour, you can squeeze a little more fresh lemon juice over the cooked drumsticks just before serving.

Switch Things Up!

The best part about this recipe is that you can customise it however you’d like, and switch things up to add variety to your mealtime! Try some of these alternatives to keep those hungry little monsters satisfied. 

  • Chicken Finger Goodness - Swap out drumsticks for juicy, tender chicken breasts cut into pick-upable pieces or even nuggets. 
  • Get Your Pork On - Instead of chicken, try this yummy marinade with pork or even turkey. 
  • Swimming In Seafood - Want to have a meat-free night? Try your family’s favourite seafood with this marinade. Fish, shrimp, even scallops will sing when all these flavours come together. 
  • Vegetarian Delight - Have a vegetarian at the table? Get creative with firm tofu and served over fresh veggies. 

Creating Memories with Every Bite

Our Lemon and Garlic Drumsticks recipe promises to enthrall the palates of both tiny tots and the big kids. The magic of these two ingredients, marinated to perfection, results in a dish that's as easy to make as it is delightful to enjoy. 

If you're hungry for more, our "Easy Dinner Ideas for Kids" booklet is filled with an array of simple yet nutritious recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. From comforting classics to innovative twists, each dish is crafted to bring joy and satisfaction to the dinner table. Let these scrumptious recipes and inventive solutions add a sprinkle of excitement to your family's dining routine. Embrace this culinary adventure with us and let’s create cherished memories with every shared meal.

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