Thursday, February 18, 2010

Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

These turned out to be the most wonderfully flavored chicken legs I've ever had. It is very mild and subtle but utterly delicious. I was very surprised because I am absolutely not a coffee person, but I've always loved the smell of brewing coffee. These were a hit with the boys too and I will definitely be making them again.

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.

Per Serving:

Protein: 29

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.


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