Chicken Shawarma Drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks are marinated in a Middle Eastern–style spice blend for the tastiest, most aromatic meat in the park.
Chicken Shawarma Drumsticks

Recipe by Sarah Copeland

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  • 6Servings


  • 2 lemons—1 juiced (about 1/4 cup) and 1 cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 3 lbs.)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves (optional)


1. In a large resealable plastic freezer bag, mix the lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, the garlic, paprika, cumin, turmeric and 1 tsp. salt. Add the drumsticks, seal the bag and turn to coat. Let stand at room temperature at least 20 minutes, or refrigerate up to 4 hours.  

2. Heat a grill to medium. Grill the chicken, turning occasionally, until charred in spots and cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a plate, drizzle with oil, top with cilantro, if using, and serve with the lemon wedges.