Cilantro Jalapeno Chicken Drumsticks

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This post is sponsored by Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken but all opinions are 100% mine.

This time of year, I crave comfort food. Between the Thanksgiving display that is already up at my local supermarket, endless ads for pumpkin spice everything, and colder weather – I want to pull on some comfy clothes, crank up the oven, and spend all day in the kitchen making the slow comfort food my grandmother made growing up.

Unfortunately, weekend days usually don’t look anything like this. Instead it’s a flurry of errands, work, and trying to prep to make the week ahead a little less chaotic. Plus as much as I love the comfort food my grandmother used to make, I crave something healthier that I can feel good about feeding to my family.

So where does that leave me? Needing a new style of comfort food – one that is quicker and healthier than the comfort food I grew up enjoying. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken today to bring you my take on the new comfort food – one that is guilt free and easy to prepare.

It makes the perfect base for the new comfort food since Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken is free of antibiotics and has no added hormones or steroids. It’s fed a 100% vegetarian diet and is American Humane Certified. And that’s why I couldn’t wait to use it for these Baked Cilantro Jalapeno Chicken Drumsticks.

Marinated in a blend of cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeno - these chicken drumsticks are packed with flavor and are good for you. I like to think about them as an updated version of a traditional roasted chicken that cooks faster and has some extra kick from the jalapenos.

The Recipe
Cilantro Jalapeno Chicken Drumsticks

Cilantro Jalapeno Chicken Drumsticks

PREP TIME: 4 Hours, 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 50 Min
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  • 2 lbs. Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 U limes, juice
  • 1 U jalapeno (seeded for less heat)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper

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Remove the skin from the chicken drumsticks. I find the easiest way to do this is to peel the skin away from the drumstick using my hand and then pull it off the bottom of drumstick using a paper towel.


Add the cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno, and cumin to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. For a sweeter marinade add brown sugar or honey to taste.


Marinate the chicken in this mixture for 4 hours.


When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove chicken from marinade letting excess drip off. Lay on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer and cook for 35-40 minutes until cooked through. Broil the chicken for 2-3 minutes to brown on the outside once it is cooked through.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 drumsticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229
Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 117mg
Sodium 135mg
Total Carbohydrate 3g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 31g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Hi, I’m the cookbook author, recipe developer, and food enthusiast behind Slender Kitchen. I am obsessed with making healthy food that is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. Meal planning is my secret weapon and I hope I can make meal time easier for you with our tried and tested recipes and foolproof meal plans. Learn More
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