Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumstick Recipe (Whole30, Paleo)

Another example of healthy food NOT being bland and boring, this Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumstick Recipe is loaded with flavor! Juicy chicken drumsticks are oven baked and slathered in a buttery lemon garlic sauce. This Whole30 – Paleo compliant recipe will please the entire family!

buttery lemon garlic chicken drumsticks in roasting pan

This Buttery Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumstick Recipe is one of those meals you can throw together on a busy weeknight without a lot of muss and fuss.

Get those drumsticks roasting, mix up the lemony sauce and figure out a side dish. Any veggies or a salad will go great with this chicken dinner. I serve the drumsticks on a fresh salad then spoon some cooking juices right over the top for my dressing. Done and Done.

The best part about this dish is the bright flavor. I get so disappointed when I follow a recipe for LEMON anything and it ends up not being very lemony. I’ll just warn any of you that may have timid tastebuds . . . this chicken is All About The Lemon!

These Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks get that rich buttery flavor from ghee. So this is Whole30/Paleo compliant. If you haven’t jumped on the ghee bandwagon, do it! Ghee basically tastes like an earthy, nutty butter. It reminds me of brown butter without the work. I linked to my favorite brand below.

raw chicken in roasting pan

Tips → Tricks → Suggestions →

  • You can use other cuts of chicken. I use chicken drumsticks because my daughter enjoys them and they are inexpensive. This method will work great for breasts or thighs, just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • This recipe serves a family of four a small portion, 1 drumstick each. Recipe can be easily doubled for larger portions or additional servings.
  • If lemon is more flavor than you prefer, fresh squeezed orange tastes great too.
  • Add your favorite spice blend to the sauce. This tastes great as is but a little extra spice will just make it that much better.

 

More healthy chicken recipes for your dinner table →

W30/Paleo Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad
Paleo Chili Lime Baked Chicken Wings by A Spicy Perspective
W30/Paleo Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad by Paleo Bailey
W30/Paleo Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad
W30/Paleo Thai Chicken Zoodle Soup by All Day I Dream About Food

chicken drumstick lemon garlic parsley butter in roasting dish

Being a mom, I know how difficult it can be to stick to a healthy Whole30/Paleo eating plan while feeding a family.

My goal is to create easy and delicious recipes (like this one) that the entire family will enjoy. Everyone gets tasty food and Mom sticks to her diet. I call it Sneaky Paleo because the family will not know they are eating Paleo unless you choose to tell them.

roasted chicken pieces in butter garlic lemon and parsley

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CorningWare 2 piece Set
Original Grass-Fed Ghee Butter by 4th & Heart, 9 Ounce, Certified Paleo
Microplane Classic Zester/Grater

 

3 from 2 votes
Whole30 - Paleo Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Another example of healthy food NOT being bland and boring, this Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumstick Recipe is loaded with flavor! Juicy chicken drumsticks are oven baked and slathered in a buttery lemon garlic sauce. This Whole30 - Paleo compliant recipe will please the entire family!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Nicole Harris
Ingredients
  • 2 Lbs Chicken Drumsticks (skin removed - optional)
  • Olive or Avocado Oil
  • Salt/Pepper
Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Ghee (melted)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (grated)
  • Leaves from 1 Sprig Thyme (optional)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 Lemon (cut into wedges)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF

    Lightly oil bottom of a 2qt roasting dish. Generously salt and pepper chicken then transfer to roasting dish. Bake for 25 minutes. (make sauce during this time)

  2. After the first 25 minutes, spoon sauce over chicken and add lemon wedges to roasting dish. Return to oven and bake 10-15 more minutes or until internal temp reaches just under165ºF.

    Spoon juices over chicken and broil on high the last 2-3 minutes to brown.

    Remove from oven and serve.

Sauce
  1. Whisk together all sauce ingredients. If sauce begins to cool and thicken, microwave for 15 seconds to melt.

Recipe Notes
  • This recipe serves a family of four a small portion, 1 drumstick each. Recipe can be easily doubled for larger portions or additional servings.

 

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Comments

  1. RON COLEMAN says:

    DELICIOUS CHICKEN RECIPE. NEVER HAD DRUMSTICKS THAT GOOG BEFORE, WILL MAKE AGAIN AND AGAIN. GREAT RECIPE.

  2. Michelle says:

    you only feed your family 1 drumstick each? Do you serve this with a side of something?

  3. Can you use minced garlic instead of grated garlic? Sorry, lazy person over here who doesn’t want to grate….

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hahah! Absolutely, I’m all for being lazy in the kitchen. But, how lazy can you really be when you’re making a home cooked meal 😀

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