Grilled Chicken Shawarma Drumsticks
These flavorful grilled chicken shawarma drumsticks are going to become a summertime favorite! With the flavors of chicken shawarma that you know and love, you’ll want to plan on putting this recipe into regular rotation!
We moved to the Grand Rapids area of Michigan about two years ago. It’s the place I called home for the majority of my life and we absolutely love it here. The food scene is great in Grand Rapids, with new restaurants popping up frequently and many restaurants where you’ll find a two hour wait because they’re so hot.
However, we came from the East side of the state, a more diverse area, full of fantastic ethnic food – Middle Eastern in particular. Ben grew up in Dearborn, Michigan and also worked there for four years. Dearborn has a very large Arab American population, so the food is authentic and so delicious. I’m incredibly spoiled and nothing in Grand Rapids holds a candle to the food in Dearborn.
Before I married Ben and moved to that area, I had little to no exposure to this type of food. Now, it’s my favorite. I crave fattoush like other people crave ice cream. Lebanese lentil soup is what I crave when I have a sore throat, and losing the ability to keep hummus in the house when we found out about N’s allergy to sesame was a very sad day (although my tahini-free hummus helps satisfy the craving!). Not to mention delicious tahini sauce, which is most definitely a no-no these days.
I try to bring these flavors into my recipes frequently because I love them so much, and I know they’re popular with a lot of you, too! These grilled chicken shawarma drumsticks are perfect for summer grilling and they’re so easy to make with less than 30 minutes hands-on time.
About these grilled chicken shawarma drumsticks:
Drumsticks are inexpensive, kids love them, and they’re perfect for a busy summer night. These are fantastic with roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, rice, salad…basically anything at all.
The base of this flavorful marinade is lemon and olive oil, accentuated by the spices you’d expect in shawarma: Garlic, paprika, turmeric, pepper, cumin, coriander. If you like things on the spicy side, try adding some cayenne to the marinade.
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon, juiced)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, optional
- 12 chicken drumsticks (4-5 lbs)
- Cilantro and lemon if desired for serving
- In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, paprika, salt, turmeric, pepper, cumin, coriander, and cayenne.
- Add marinade to drumsticks (I use a zip-top bag but a bowl or baking dish would work as well). Let marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours.
- When ready to grill, heat grill to medium heat. Remove drumsticks from marinade, letting excess drip off. Place drumsticks on grill and cover grill. Grill for 18-20 minutes, turning once, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Serve immediately.
- Nutrition Information calculated with 1 tablespoon olive oil since most of the marinade is discarded.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 drumsticks
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 231mg Sodium: 533mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 44g
Husband’s take: Ben loved these! E did too…N still doesn’t like anything and is 95% vegetarian despite our best efforts to feed the kid meat.
Changes I would make: None at all are necessary but I might try the marinade with chicken breasts or boneless thighs.
Difficulty: Very easy!
Grilled Chicken Shawarma
Grilled Chicken Shawarma