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Indian Spiced Drumsticks

Indian Spiced Drumsticks recipeLately, my boys have been all about the chicken drumstick. I am not sure why all of the sudden, maybe they are getting in touch with their inner cavemen, but I am not complaining. We never ate drumsticks as a kid, so I never thought to make them. Uh, I have been missing out, they are cheap. I made this dinner for less than 5 dollars. Granted, I had all of the spices, but drumsticks and yogurt make for inexpensive meal. One that is full of protein and my kids love.

This is Indian spiced, but not spicy. There is a big difference between the two. I have noticed that my kids really like Indian spices, they love my Butter Chicken and Curry. I think that we assume that our kids are not going to like stronger spices, but mine seem to really like them. I guess it makes sense, kids in India eat Indian food, right? The chicken becomes so tender when you marinate it in yogurt. You could also use breasts, thighs, whatever you have. The beauty of this is that you can get it all ready to go the night before while you are making dinner, and you have dinner ready for the next night. Two for the price of one.

Don’t be afraid of the long list of spices. If you don’t have all of them, don’t worry. Any combination will work. On a side note, my best friend puts turmeric on everything. It is what gives this chicken the beautiful yellow color. Turmeric doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but it supposedly has a lot of health benefits.

indian spiced drumstick recipe1 1/2 cups Mountain High Yoghurt, Original Style
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 chicken drumsticks

indian spiced chicken drumsticks recipeIn a small bowl, mix together yoghurt and honey.

indian spiced chicken drumstick recipeAdd all of the spices to the bowl.

Indian spiced chicken drumstick recipe Add the drumsticks to a Ziploc bag.

indian spiced chicken drumstick recipePour yoghurt mixture over chicken.

indian spiced chicken drumstick recipePlace in a casserole dish (just in case the bag opens, it saves cleaning up a huge mess) and marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
indian spiced chicken drumstick recipeTake the drumsticks out of the bag, remove excess yoghurt.

indian spiced chicken drumstick recipePlace in a large pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
indian spiced chicken drumstick recipeBake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 170 degrees. I like to serve it with some cilantro leaves. If your children like to dip, try this Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce.

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Indian Spiced Drumsticks


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Mountain High Yoghurt, Original Style
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 chicken drumsticks

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together yoghurt, honey, and all spices. Mix until everything is combined. Add the drumsticks to a Ziploc bag. Pour yoghurt mixture over chicken. Place in a casserole dish (just in case the bag opens, it saves cleaning up a huge mess) and marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Take the drumsticks out of the bag, remove excess yoghurt. Place in a large pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 170 degrees.

This post is part of my partnership with Mountain High Yoghurt. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Stephanie @ Salt Is Your Friend

    February 28th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This sounds delicious. I had some chicken in the freezer and after reading this post, I just pulled it out to thaw. I have all the ingredients on-hand so this will be dinner tonight! Love that, thanks for sharing!

  2. bakedbree

    March 4th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Love that you have such a well stocked spice cabinet. πŸ™‚

  3. Melissa Vanni

    February 28th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    These drumsticks look wonderful! My boys would love them too!

  4. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats

    February 28th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Indian food is so delicious! I don’t like my foods super sauced, but I love the flavors India offers. πŸ™‚ These drumsticks look amazing πŸ™‚

  5. bakedbree

    March 4th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    thank you Becca!

  6. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    March 1st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    That marinade looks and sounds so tasty! I think a lot of people (especially kids) are turned off by Indian spices, but it’s easy to control the heat, and Indian spices really do have a lot of health benefits!

  7. bakedbree

    March 4th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    And they taste delicious!

  8. Paula - bell'alimento

    March 1st, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    This is so up my alley!

  9. bakedbree

    March 4th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Really? This is so easy. Love this kind of recipe.

  10. Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    March 2nd, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    This is a great way to make drumsticks when you want something from the traditional. I bet the honey adds the sweetness that this dish needs and the spices pair well together.

  11. bakedbree

    March 4th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you! And I love how easy it is to make.

  12. Denise

    March 6th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I have been eyeing this recipe in my RSS feed for the past week. Figured since I just nibbled on your tacos I should come over here. We are HUGE thigh and leg fans and I am always loving new ideas for them. I have yet to make my own curry powder, so I am excited to try this out. And … I am going to go check out your butter chicken recipe. That is one of my fave things to order out when we go Indian!

  13. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It is so easy to make and to customize to your taste. I love butter chicken, and it is so good at home. Hope you like it .

  14. Melissa

    March 8th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Would it be okay to freeze these after they are cooked and then have my husbands take them to work and reheat them in the microwave? I only worry about the yogurt, would that come out okay reheated in the microwave do you think?

  15. bakedbree

    March 14th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I would probably serve them at room temperature, if you microwave them they might get tough.

  16. Heather

    April 16th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight and my husband announced that 1) it was the best chicken he ever had and 2) it was better than his mom’s drumsticks. πŸ™‚

  17. bakedbree

    April 22nd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Well, that is a compliment!

  18. Chrissy

    April 22nd, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I’ve tried this recipe twice now, and the marinade/seasoning is excellent! However, 30-40 min has been waaaay too low on both ovens I’ve used. It’s needed over an hour and 15 mins both times. I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this, but maybe it will help others for planning purposes!

  19. bakedbree

    April 23rd, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for letting me know.

  20. Beula

    June 25th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Yep definitely need about 70-80 mins depending on how cooked you want your chicken to be. At 30-40 mins. The juices coming out of the chicken are still red.

  21. bakedbree

    June 30th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    70-80 minutes from drumsticks is a really long time.

  22. Jenn @ Jenn Likes It

    October 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This recipe looks great! I need some Greek yogurt for a cookie recipe. Would that work for recipe instead of the specific yogurt you listed?

  23. bakedbree

    October 26th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Yes!

  24. Mayoorran

    March 12th, 2014 at 2:44 am

    I am gonna try this now. It seems easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing. Pls share more and more such recipes to ease the life of learners like me!!

  25. Antony

    December 20th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Good served when people are cold :), super healthy yummy …

  26. Kena

    December 23rd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I bought drumsticks on sale yesterday and found this recipe. Had every spice but cardamon and used buttermilk instead of yogurt. It’s marinating in the fridge now and smells delightful! Can’t wait for dinner. Any side dish suggestions besides rice?

  27. bakedbree

    December 25th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Sauteed spinach. Roasted vegetables.

  28. Carmen

    June 17th, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I forgot to ask. What is Mountain High Yogurt? I’ve never seen it here. What can I use instead?

  29. bakedbree

    June 26th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Just use plain yogurt.

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