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Broiled Tex-Mex Drumsticks with Avocado & Tomato Salad


Serves four.

  • To learn more, read:
    Bridging Summer & Autumn
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 67

  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 21/4 lb. total)
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup quartered grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium avocado, cut into medium dice
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the broiler to high. Put the drumsticks in a medium bowl. Drizzle them with the olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle in the cumin, chili powder, sugar, 1/2  tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper; toss again to coat evenly. Arrange the drumsticks on a wire rack set over a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil the chicken in  the center of the oven, turning once after 10  minutes, until fully cooked and browned in spots, about 20  minutes total.

While the chicken cooks, gently mix the tomatoes, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and 1 tsp. salt in a mixing or serving bowl. Serve alongside the chicken.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with black beans and rice or tortilla chips.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings, Calories (kcal): 380, Fat (kcal): 25, Fat Calories (g): 230, Saturated Fat (g): 6, Protein (g): 30, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15, Carbohydrates (mg): 9, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 4, Sodium (g): 980, Cholesterol (g): 95, Fiber (g): 5,

Photo: Scott Phillips

My son-in-law prepared this last night and it was delicious enough that I am archiving the recipe. The only changes he made...grilling the chicken legs on the bar-b-que and adding salty cotija cheese to the tomato salad. Yummy and quick.

This was really good! I used thighs as well as drumsticks and everyone loved it! perfect summer grill recipe.

Delicious recipe. The flavors are wonderful together. Quick and easy. Even my picky 7 year old loves the chicken. My husband hates avocado, but he raves about the meal. I make some changes. I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs and I grill them instead of broil. Serve with rice and black beans.

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