Honey Lime Drumsticks

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Best part of summer? Outdoor grilling! Can I make a confession? I do almost all the grilling at home. It’s not that Casey doesn’t want to. He totally wants to! But… I might be a bit of a control freak about grilling. Since I do all of the shopping and I know how much our organic meat costs, I’m like SUPER paranoid of over-cooking anything. When you’re grilling, you have to be ON IT. You can’t get distracted with ANYTHING…like outdoor speakers, drink mixing or stressful Red Sox games.

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In order to excel at grilling, you have to have a good sense of time. You have to park yourself there and be patient.  That’s the key to grilling. Grilling gives me a chance to sort of meditate and relax while sipping on a cocktail while I dodge basketballs & soccer balls Casey & Cooper are playing with. I really love it.

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I paired these Honey Lime Drumsticks with Honey Butter Grilled Corn (recipe soon!) and a simple tomato salad dressed with feta, mint & lemon juice. It’s such a simple meal to throw together on a weeknight. Now what’s for dessert? How about some Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches? Yeah baby!

And we’re off!

First we make the marinade. It’s super simple!

This recipe comes from The Fresh 20 Cookbook. Have you heard of The Fresh 20?  It’s an awesome online subscription service. Every week you get a list of 20 ingredients to shop for. You get 5 recipes using those ingredients and details of how/what to prep during the week in order to make dinner super fast & tasty. Organization at its best! My friend Melissa is a genius.

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OK! Marinade. Mix everything together in bowl. It’s the perfect balance of citrus & honey.

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Add extra flavor to the drumsticks by rubbing them with salt, pepper & the smoked paprika.

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Pour the marinade over the chicken.

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Let the flavors develop! Cover. Marinate!

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Heat up the grill! Add the chicken. I added a few slices of lime to the grill to grill!

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Keep your eyes on the drumsticks!

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Honey Lime Drumsticks // shutterbean

If you love the combination of honey & lime, I highly recommend this Honey & Lime Strawberry dessert!

Honey Lime Drumsticks

serves 4
recipe slightly adapted from The Fresh 20 Cookbook

  • grated zest & juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Whisk together the lime zest and juice, honey, oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Season drumsticks with the salt, pepper and paprika and arrange in a glass container. Pour the marinade over the drumsticks, seal the container and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.

Preheat an outdoor grill. Remove the drumsticks from the marinade (discard marinade), arrange the drumsticks on the grill over a medium flame and cook for 15 minutes, rotating the drumsticks every 3 minutes or so, until internal temperature reaches 165F and juices run clear.


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  • Leigh-Ann

    These look so tasty, I saved the recipe and can’t wait to make them once I set up my new BBQ.

    I also wanted to say, you and Joy are so awesome and entertaining on the podcast, I listen weekly :) And, you have the best laugh, it gets me every time.

    xo, Leigh-Ann

  • Michelle @ FullyBellyWornSoles

    You are so making me wish I had a barbecue. Great looking recipe!


  • Tieghan

    Honey lime!! I love this pairing so much. This chicken sounds and looks so dang good!

    Oh and I do ALL the BBQ here too. It is my very favorite part about summer!

  • Leah

    Tracy! Yes! Thank you!! I needed something to make for my parents and soon-to-be in-laws (soon as in this weekend!!!!) on Wednesday when we’re all together. This looks simple and perfect and stress free, just what I need for a very hectic week ahead!

  • Moira

    My husband has also been known to be distracted by Red Sox games while grilling :) He usually does most of the grilling, but it’s something I want to learn how to do (and I think he’d be thrilled to just get to watch the game or play with our boys for a change!) This recipe looks like a good excuse to start doing it myself.

  • Ashley

    Oh gosh, so glad to know I’m not the only grill control freak! Even when I do let him do it, I ask about every 15 seconds if he’s checked on it. It’s just so much easier to do it yourself. :)

  • Megan

    YUM. I need a grill. And then I need this chicken.

  • Mrs. ManyHats

    I had never heard of “The Fresh 20.” This is going on my Amazon Wish List now. I’m so excited to test this out. I’ve been looking for a way to plan to cook fresh, in season items. Thanks for the recommendation, Tracy!

    • Kimber Spradlin

      I’ve been using The Fresh 20 subscription service since January and it. is. awesome. Everything you’ve ever learned about eating healthy is all wrapped into a weekly shopping, prepping, and recipe guide to make things easy and budget friendly. I’ve cooked all kinds of foods it would have never occurred to me to make (Thai), and the kids ask for seconds (and thirds!) on foods you would never guess they’d eat. They have gluten free and vegetarian plans as well.

  • tara

    This sounds delicious! And I’m super impressed that you do all the grilling. I like doing it once it’s started, but I always get freaked out turning the gas on.

  • Stacey

    I love that you’re a grill master! When I was in high school my dad was insistent that I learn how to BBQ and grill. I’m so happy that he did! These look incredible. I love summertime! For the past two weeks, we’ve cooked almost everything outside, but then brought it right back in becuase it’s wayyyy too hot down here to eat outside!

  • Claire @Lemon Jelly Cake

    Lime and chicken are a match made in HEAVEN. I’ve done grilled chicken kebabs with lime and spicy garlic lime chicken, both delicious! These look like a great summer recipe. :)

  • Jayne

    I totally have every single ingredient in my pantry. Plus 2 chicken thighs waiting to be used! I’ll have to use my grill pan but this is going to be some awesome dinner. Pinning for later :-)

  • Renee @ Awesome on $20

    We’re not very hip and usually prefer our chicken sans bone, but I love the flavor combo you’ve got going on here. I might have to make this the next time we grill at the beach.

  • Fabiha


    i do not have an outdoor grill. can we do it in the oven? or over the frying pan? any suggestions?

    these look so amazing.

    • Tracy

      You could roast them in the oven! I’d try putting them over a baking rack.

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health

    I was wondering the same thing as the other reader Fabiha – the flavor combination is soo great only if i can do in the oven.

  • Khadijah

    This looks yummy but Im not a great griller.. Would this work in the oven, because the marinade looks so good!

  • Elizabeth

    We just got our first full-sized grill (good riddance Smoky Joe!) and these delicious-looking chicken legs will have to soon be mine. Legs and thighs are totally my jam since they’re so much cheaper than white meat, and this flavor combo is stellar. Also, grilled lime? Love.

  • Sini

    Tomorrow it’s Midsummer’s Eve here in Scandinavia which is one of the biggest holidays here. There’s always lots of outdoor grilling and this year I’ll be definitely serving some of these Honey Lime Drumsticks.

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  • Heather

    Delicious! Thanks for the terrific recipe.

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    I’m definitely the same way about grilling…gotta treat it right!
    These sound amazing and so simple, I need recipes like this always.

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  • Katie

    My kids (all kids?) are crazy about drumsticks…I’m making this for my crew asap and sharing with my FB peeps immediately. Your recipes and photos always inspire!

  • Jessica Donnovan @ Catering Services

    At first, I thought that the chicken would taste like lemonade with the mix of lime and honey. Well, a sweet lemonade maybe.

    Not until, I tried it at home last night. My parents came over to have dinner with me and my guy last night and I promised a brand new dish for them for the night. So, I cooked and tried your honey lime drumsticks.

    It turned out real awesome! However, I think the lime took over the honey for the sweetening effect of honey didn’t really made an effect on the chicken.

    but yea, it’s still an awesome dish!

    BTW I was surprised, it was my guy’s plan after all. He proposed marriage in front of my parents. Sweet!

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