Prep 10m Cook 48m Additional 8h Ready In 8h 58m
Servings 4 servings Calories 437.5

Cinnamon’s subtle flavor complements the basil and paprika’s aromas in this original marinade. The apple cider vinegar adds its special touch and ties everything together in a mouthwatering experience. A must try! Basting brings out the flavors so be sure not to omit these steps!

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 chicken drumsticks

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Whisk olive oil, cider vinegar, paprika, basil, celery salt, mustard powder, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl; pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add drumsticks, coat with the marinade, squeeze excess air from bag, and seal. Marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.
  2. 2 Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  3. 3 Remove drumsticks from marinade and shake to remove excess moisture.
  4. 4 Pour marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes; set aside.
  5. 5 Cook drumsticks on preheated grill, basting frequently with heated marinade and turning 1/4 turn every 12 minutes, until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 48 minutes total. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 437.5
  • Carbohydrate 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol 127.9 mg
  • Fat 29.8 g
  • Fiber 1.1 g
  • Protein 38.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.2 g
  • Sodium 499 mg
  • Sugar 0.2 g

Chef's Notes

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.


  1. Weird tangy taste. Shouldn t use Apple cider vinegar.
  2. I don't have a grill so I put the chicken on a broiler pan and took the advise of another reviewer and baked it for 1 hour at 400 degrees on the middle rack. I turned the drumsticks every 15 min and basted them with a brush. I made another batch of the marinade as - Read more ...
  3. Definitely double the marinade recipe to allow for basting. Fantastic!!!
  4. Marinated 24 hours then threw in the oven for 60 mins at 400F. It was amazing! I paired it with honey and biscuits! Yum
  5. The BEST marinade ever! I will never eat plain chicken again! So simple to do. If you do chicken beast I recommend that you slice it in half to make sure you get the flavor all the way through it. This is a definite must try! You won't regret it!
  6. I couldn't find my matches so I couldn't BBQ the chicken. Instead I put it in the oven at 400 F on a raised rack for the same out of time turning and basting occasionally. I did add a little bit of sugar as one user recommended. It was a hit with everyone.
  7. Excellent! My whole family loved these. And I only marinated for 2 hrs. This will become a regular meal at our house.
  8. This is so easy to make and it's a big hit with my husband every time I buy drumsticks now he asks me to make these! The only thing I do differently sometimes is add a little bit of sugar (like a pinch) to the heated marinade. Wonderful recipe!
  9. this was so tasty.. i don't know if marinating did it but the basting is absolutely necessary.. i cut the oil in half and added 2 tablespoons of water to make up for the lost liquid.. didn't have celery salt so used 1/4 tsp celery seed and a little more than 1/2 tsp of regular - Read more ...
  10. Great flavor.. i was looking for something quick. I only marinated for one hour. There wasn't enough left over marinade so i made another batch of the marinade for basting. I will definitely make again.

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