Tequila-Honey-Lime Marinated Drumsticks


A simple marinade adds amazing flavor to the grilled chicken in this quick and easy dinner.

Tequila-Honey-Lime Marinated Drumsticks
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
15 mins
Marinate Time:
4 hrs
Grill Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 5 mins


  • ½ cup blue agave tequila

  • ½ cup untoasted walnut oil

  • ½ cup honey

  • 2 - 3 limes (1 tsp. finely shredded peel plus 1/4 cup juice)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Optional add-ins: 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1/2 tsp. ground cumin; 2 shallots, minced

  • 12 chicken drumsticks

  • Lime and/or orange slices

  • Fresh cilantro


  1. For marinade, in bowl whisk together tequila and oil. Whisk in honey, lime juice, peel, salt, and desired add-ins. Cover and refrigerate marinade up to 2 days.

  2. Place drumsticks in a self-sealing plastic bag set in shallow dish. Add marinade; seal. Refrigerate 4 to 8 hours, turning occasionally. Drain; discard marinade.

  3. For charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around drip pan. Grill drumsticks 50 to 60 minutes over drip pan, covered, until chicken is no longer pink (180 degrees F), turning once halfway. (For gas, heat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.) Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

274 Calories
15g Fat
4g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 7.7mg 39%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 318mg 7%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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