Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks
1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee
1/4 cup salt
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
8 chicken drumsticks
2 cups water
In a large bowl, stir together water, coffee, salt, and sugar until the dry ingredients are completely dissolved. Add chili powder, red pepper, garlic and cinnamon and stir well. Add the chicken pieces and cover with an overturned plate to keep the chicken submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. (I left it for most of the day.) Preheat broiler to highest heat. Place oven rack 6-8 inches from heat source. Remove chicken pieces from brine and place on broiler pan. Discard brine. Broil drumsticks for 10 minutes on each side, until browned. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 10 more minutes, in center of oven. Check for doneness. Add 5 more minutes baking time if necessary. Serve hot. Serves 4.
This recipe was modified from ALL YOU'S Eat Well, Save Big cookbook.
I served this with baked red potatoes and steamed whole green beans.