Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks | Swirls and Spice #whole30 #paleo

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks

A flavor-packed blend of garlic and fresh parsley adds punch to these chimichurri chicken drumsticks.  Keep the oven off and the kitchen cool by cooking the chicken in your slow cooker before it sizzles on the grill.

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks | Swirls and Spice #whole30 #paleo

Fresh parsley is an ingredient I often overlook, but I decided it was  time to let it shine and grabbed a leafy bunch to make chimichurri sauce again.   And since the sauce worked so well previously on chicken croquettes, why not try it with grilled chicken?

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks | Swirls and Spice #whole30 #paleo


First, I cooked the chicken for several hours to infuse the rich garlic flavor into the drumsticks.  Then I grilled the chicken with more chimichurri sauce to add golden crispness to the skin without charring it.  The next time I tried this recipe, I baked the drumsticks in a covered dish to preserve their juicy tenderness before throwing them on the grill.  Both versions were tasty, confirming that either the slow cooker or the oven are a great way to start cooking the chicken for this recipe.

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks | Swirls and Spice #whole30 #paleo

Since a whole bulb of garlic goes in, chichurri sauce has quite the garlic kick before it’s cooked.  However, it mellows when it’s heated, making this garlicky chicken more family friendly.  Any extra sauce can be served on the side for garlic enthusiasts to add to their liking.

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks | Swirls and Spice #whole30 #paleo


I’ll be making this new recipe all summer long, since it packs in so much flavor for so little cost.  With only five main ingredients, chimichurri chicken will be a great way to feed a crowd whenever we fire up the grill.  And I can’t wait for fresh local corn to arrive in the markets, because chimichurri chicken and corn in the cob are the perfect match.  Add some Kohlrabi Cube Salad and Raspberry Watermelon Gelatin Salad to score a home run meal on the patio.

Who’s ready for summer?

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks

  • Servings: 6
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  • 12 to 14 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 bunch fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bulb fresh garlic, peeled
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons avocado oil or olive  oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Prepare chimichurri sauce by pulsing parsley, garlic, oil, vinegar, and salt together in a food processor until a textured sauce forms.  Add more oil and pulse again briefly if sauce is too thick to spread.
  2. Take 3 Tablespoons of sauce and coat the chicken drumsticks with it.  Place drumsticks in a slow cooker or large baking dish (I used a 9X13-inch glass dish covered tightly with parchment or foil).  Cook chicken in slow cooker  for 3 hours on high, or until juices run clear.  If baking, cook drumsticks at 375 degrees F (190 C) for 75 minutes or until juices run clear.
  3. Transfer chicken to an outdoor or indoor grill and coat drumsticks with more chimichurri sauce and salt to taste.  Grill until skin is crispy.  Serve chicken warm, with remaining chimichurri sauce as an optional condiment.

I’m bringing this new recipe to share with my friends at Fiesta Friday this weekend. The co-hosts this week are Lindy @ Love In The Kitchen and Paula @ Her Life Is Love.

Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks | Swirls and Spice #whole30 #paleo





13 thoughts on “Chimichurri Chicken Drumsticks

  1. Can almost taste them. I’m sure they are super delicious. Would love to have some with you and family sometime.

  2. I am a huge fan of parsley and love your sauce! It’s great when a recipe is easy, frugal and healthy. Yours is all those things! Happy FF

  3. I could almost imagine the taste of this wonderful recipe. I may need to make this soon. 😀 Thanks for sharing and happy Fiesta Friday!

  4. This looks like such a great and practical summer barbecue recipe. I really like the fact you use the slow cooker and then the grill. And all that garlic – yum! Thanks for bringing to Fiesta Friday!

  5. Chimi Churri sauce is one that I forget about all the time and is so easy to whip up. It’s esp. gratifying to use use a bunch of parsley that’s been withering in your fridge. Thanks for the reminder! -Kat

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