I wonder if it’s possible to brainwash a child? It’s operation “get-toddler-excited-for-football-season” in this house. I’m not sure if it will work, but we’re hoping our experiment will prove successful. Because football is everything. Ok maybe not everything – football grub is everything. As are these honey tequila lime chicken drummies.
Yeah we are crazy football people. I’m not afraid to admit it. When the sound of Carrie floods the house and Al Michaels’ voice gives you goosebumps, you know it’s going to be a good day. FACT – my husband and I are so crazy about this sport that we “gifted” NFL Sunday Ticket to each other for an early Christmas gift. It’s unconventional, but it’s us.
want need our children to love the game like we do. We’ve been hyping it up all summer to our toddler – football this and football that. “Buddy, can you say touchdown?!” “Should we watch some fooooootball?!?!” “Say YAAAAAY Go Pack Go!” (that last one is all me, since my hubby is a Vikings fan – bleh). We need to brainwash this kid to enjoy Sundays of game-watching, because when kickoff happens we simply can’t be bothered.
The only excuse to pause a game is of course, for the snack breaks. Football snacks are unlike any other snacks, they’re are in a league of their own. Cheesy, greasy, carby, hearty. Yup that sums it up. Amidst all the tempting junk food and naughty temptation, there are these honey tequila lime chicken drummies. All the football snacking pleasure without the insane caloric gut bomb.
Just picture this – sinking your teeth into these tender chicken drumsticks, with the bold flavors of tequila and lime marinated into the meat, then finished with sweet honey glaze. It will make anyone want to break out their finest touchdown celebratory dance. And these are sooooo simple to make. Just marinate the chicken overnight, throw on the grill, brush with honey and wham bam thank you ma’am you’ve got yourself a WINNING football snack or main dish the whole team will love.
It took all the willpower in the world not to want to chug that sweet smellin’ lime/tequila marinade (it smells like a margarita). Maybe it’s because I have a toddler and a newborn and my need for alcohol seems dire right now. BUT I didn’t drink it – I let these chicken dummies have all the fun while I pretended my ice water had magic powers to energize my sleep-deprived state.
Grab that bottle of tequila sitting in your cabinet, get some limes, honey, and fresh cilantro and make these honey tequila lime chicken drummies asap. Just don’t drop one on your beloved Aaron Rodgers jersey…
What’s your favorite game-watching snack?
Honey Tequila Lime Chicken Drummies
- Yield: 12 drummies 1x
- 3 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 12 drumsticks)
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro + 2 tablespoons (divided)
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- Wash and pat dry the chicken drumsticks
- Combine the tequila, lime juice, olive oil, paprika, garlic, and cilantro and pour into a large freezer bag. Add the chicken drumsticks and keep the bag into the refrigerator overnight
- Place the drumsticks on the grill over medium/high heat (roughly 400 degrees) and let cook for 10 minutes
- As the chicken is cooking, microwave the honey for 10 seconds (if it is in a solid state)
- Flip the drumsticks after the 10 minute mark, then brush the honey on the cooked side of the chicken. Let cook an additional 10 minutes then brush honey on the other side of the cooked chicken
- Garnish with an additional 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
That is total football food!
If I were forced to “tolerate” watching sports it would either be football or hockey. But still…just not so much a fan (but…GO JETS!)
LOL you can’t say Go Jets if you hate watching! I’ll let it pass because I like you 😉
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
My husband and son would love this dish!
Totes!! My 23-month-old even devoured them up!
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says
Oh my goodness, my family would love these!
Your family, your dog, your neighbors, everyone!!! 😉
Looks amazing! I’m going to try this for sure and add it to my meal plans!
Love that idea Jehava! Enjoy!
This sounds amazing! Great for Labor Day weekend!!
So true. Thanks Abbey!
Elizabeth Gilbert says
Oh my gosh these look amazing! I think the only thing I would do differently is do them with chicken breasts, as my husband prefers chicken that’s not bone-in. Though I think it will change the flavor a bit so maybe I can convince him not to do that lol.
Hi Elizabeth! As long as you marinate them long enough, I bet you could totally replicate them with chicken breasts. You may need to decrease the grill time depending on the thickness of the meat though. I hope you are your hubby love ’em!
i really want some of those now. they sound amazing and you had me at TEQUILA!
Tequila works SO well with chicken. It’s awesome 🙂
Adding lime really gives chicken a fresh taste
It does! I love adding it to chicken tacos too!
Danielle Greco says
Omg this looks so delicious. It makes me sad that summer is ending. It went so quick. Great recipe!
Ugh it always does!!! I live in SoCal though – so really, it’s summer here all the time. Don’t be jealous 😉
These pictures are so incredible! I feel like I can pick these wings up through my computer and taste them!
Just don’t lick the screen!!!! Thanks Chanel 🙂
We are working on that same brain washing over at our house 😉 Good luck to you!
Oh I love moms like you!!! xoxo
This looks really delicious. I’m always looking for new recipes and I think I will try this next weekend. Awesome!
Thanks so much Tiffany. I hope you DO give these a whirl!
Jess @hellotofit says
Oh damnnnnn girl! I LOVE chicken drummies, and adding tequila to the marinate? Whew this one’s going to be a popular one at the table!
I mean, tequila. ’nuff said
Tuyet Kelly says
Omg this looks so delicious! I need to try this at home. Thanks for sharing!
YESSSS you so do! Thanks for stopping by Tuyet!
Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says
My mouth is watering looking at this deliciousness! Pinned and hope to try it soon 🙂
Don’t drool on your keyboard Angela! Hope you love them.
Thanks for the pin love Angela! Enjoy friend!
Ref J says
Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious. I can’t wait to give this a try.
I hope you do! They are pretty dang yummy!
Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit says
These look so good. My kids aren’t good with drumsticks, though. Should work with chicken breasts, too, yes?
Yep! Totally could do these with chicken breasts, although the grilling time may be lessened a bit, depending on the thickness of the breasts. I hope your kiddos love this Tara!
This looks amazing! Honey is one of my favorite additions to chicken, so I’m excited to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com
Agreed! I love honey on chicken and roasted carrots. Just gives a nice finish! Thanks Erin!
Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife says
These look so delicious! We’re definitely ready for football season here too 🙂
Ohhhh yeah a mom after my own heart!! 😉
You had me a tequila:) My family loves drums will have to give these a try for sure
I hope you do! Definitely a crowd pleaser!
Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) says
Yum! You totally had me at tequila and lime… =)
Tequila gets people every time (or at least my kind of people) 😉
Erica @ Coming Up Roses says
These sound SO dang delish!!! My fiance and I are all about a good drummie recipe (we had them grilled with BBQ for the holiday!), so I’ll be whipping these up this week or next for us! Lovelovelove the touch of tequila!
Coming Up Roses
Oh I’m so glad Erica! You guys are drummie experts – so you’ll rock this recipe!
Lecy | A Simpler Grace says
These look delicious! Definitely pinning this recipe to make for a football game soon!
Thanks so much Lecy! Love the pin love!
I am drooling over this recipe! I can’t wait to try this combination of flavors. Yowza! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Aarika! The combo is pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
This looks utterly and completely amazing! YUM!
Thanks Angie. Yes, utterly YUM is sooooo true.
Yum! Such an amazing combination! And I’m with you…Go Pack Go!!!
I knew I loved you Shann! 🙂
Dia All The Things I Do says
I am also a crazy football person lol This looks super yummy.. Chicken, lime and tequila….yes please.
FIST PUMP ya girl. I love a fellow female football fanatic!! Enjoy Dia.
WOW those look amazing! Go Hawks! 😀
Leah Goldglantz says
My husband would love these! Definitely going to make them for a game day!
Definitely hubby approved! He’ll love ya even more 😉
I, Tamara, have never made drummies. I just might have to after reading this.
GOOD IDEA. I think you should (but I’m just a tiny bit biased saying that)…
These look amazing! I’m always looking for recipes to liven up chicken, I’ve pinned it for later.
Pin, make, devour! 😉 Thanks Alison!
We don’t watch a ton of football, but I could be bribed by these Margarita Wings… which is what I am now calling them
WOW. I know what I’m making on Sunday!
You don’t have to love football to enjoy football grub. I mean, the food is the best part!
These chicken drummies look really good, thank you for sharing this recipe! I love trying new recipes that I know my family will love!
You’re so welcome Ashleigh. It’s a family favorite here!
First off, we are those Football crazies :)! Secondly, These look Ah-mazing! We love chicken so this recipe is perfect…giving a different flavor to one of our favorite meats!
YAY a family after my own heart!!!! I hope you love these Natasha. Sure to get the kids all messy but hey, that’s what weekend are for, right?!