Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lemon-Pepper Drummers

  • I saw this one on Rachael Ray and adapted it to what I had on hand.

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 8 large chicken drumsticks
  • Kosher salt
  • Poultry seasoning or ground thyme
  • 6 cloves garlic, grated or pasted
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions or chives, to garnish


Heat the extra-virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat in a large pan with a cover. When the butter foams, add the drumsticks and season with salt and poultry seasoning. Shake the pan and brown the chicken on all sides. Cover the pan and reduce the heat a bit. Cook for 20 minutes to cook through. Remove the drumsticks to a platter and add the remaining butter to the pan to melt. Add the garlic and pepper, stir for 2 minutes, and then add the lemon zest and juice. Swirl to combine and pour over the drumsticks. Garnish with parsley and scallions.

I had thighs on hand, I halved the rest of the recipe and used four bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. I didn't have poultry season, I seasoned my chicken with salt, pepper, onion powder, and ground coriander. I also added some lemon slices to the lemon-butter mixture before I poured it over the chicken as a garnish since I didn't have any parsley or scallions. Also, the thighs took a little longer than 20 minutes to cook through, it was probably closer to 30 minutes. 

Posted by: Erika

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