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Smokey Marinated Drumsticks

This recipe for Smokey Marinated Drumsticks is a dinner my mom made a lot growing up.  It has a delicious smokey flavor with the addition of lemon juice, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. You can dip the chicken in the marinade if you'd like.

You can choose if you would like to use skin on or off on the chicken. I kept the skin on, but it wasn't crisp enough to eat. If you are going to leave the skin on, put it skin side up and don't turn it while baking. You might have to bump up the heat for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. I think next time around I'll see how it turns out skin off. If you are going to try skin off as well, you should try covering the pan in foil for at least part of the cooking process so it doesn't dry out.

Smokey Marinated Drumsticks
Serves 4

1 package of chicken drumsticks, about 1-2 lbs, thawed
Liquid smoke flavoring
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. lemon juice, zest reserved for garnish if desired
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. soy sauce
sliced green onion for garnish, if desired

1. Place the drumsticks in a large baking dish. Cover your hand with a sandwich baggie and sprinkle the chicken with liquid smoke, massaging it into the meat. Let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. While it is chilling, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir. Preheat the oven to 350-f degrees.

2. After letting the liquid smoke set in, remove from the fridge and pour the marinade over the chicken.  Place in heated oven and cook for one hour, turning and basting the drumsticks every 15 minutes. Garnish with green onion slices and lemon zest if using.

Source: Recipe from my mom.


  1. I just posted a chicken leg recipe as well! These look simple to make and very kid friendly. Thank you for posting.I am definitely going to add these to my menu rotation!


  2. YUM!!!!! I've never used Liquid Smoke but I'm always intrigued. I may have to try this!!

  3. These look delicious! Be sure to pop by my blog and check out the giveaway I've got going draw happens tomorrow!

  4. These look so good, and it's just fun to eat a drumstick!!

  5. Ooooh, I like the sound of these! The photo is wonderful, too.


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