grilled chicken with cilantro marinade

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Sheila Nakata
from Maple Valley, WA

These wonderfully grilled chicken legs get their flavor from the sweetness of brown sugar and spice from the jalapeno and cilantro. If you do not like cilantro you can substitute the cilantro with coriander. You still achieve a great flavor for a deliciously wonderful meal.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Definitely make this grilled chicken at your summer cookouts. After marinating, the slow cooked chicken legs are moist and juicy. The marinade is slightly sweet from the brown sugar with a bold, spicy flavor from the mustard. You'll definitely taste the jalapeno flavor but it doesn't add any heat to the chicken.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2 Reviews
serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For grilled chicken with cilantro marinade

  • 12
    chicken drumsticks
  • MARINADE
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 c
    Dijon mustard
  • 1
    jalapeno pepper; finely diced
  • 1/2 c
    cilantro, fresh; finely chopped, or 2 Tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp
    each salt and pepper

How To Make grilled chicken with cilantro marinade

  • Mixing the sugar, mustard, jalapeno, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
    1
    In a large measuring cup mix the sugar, mustard, jalapeno, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  • Pouring marinade over chicken in a resealable bag.
    2
    Place chicken drumsticks in a resealable bag and pour marinade over the top. Seal bag; turn to completely coat chicken. Remove air from bag; seal tightly. Place in refrigerator for a least one hour; overnight is best.
  • Slowly grilling the chicken.
    3
    Grill over low heat to medium heat depending on your grill, turning occasionally to achieve doneness and beautiful grill marks. Cooking over very low heat will take about 1 hour or more to completely cook meat.
  • 4
    Another option, instead of standing over the grill, is to place chicken on the grill over medium heat and turn to achieve grill marks. Place semi-cooked chicken in 13 x 9 pan, cover with foil, and place in a 250 F oven for about 30 to 45 minutes to complete cooking. You will have wonderfully moist chicken either way. Do not overcook or your chicken will be dry.
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