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Kefir-Pesto Marinated Chicken Drumsticks


Posted in [Kefir-ize It], [Miscellaneous], [Recipes] By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir
8/18/2013 11:59 AM 

kefir pesto marinated chicken drumsticks

Food on a stick is one way to turn ordinary dishes into something truly delightful. It’s hard to eat a corn dog without smiling and ice cream novelties scream summer. At Lifeway, we like to put a healthy twist on things when we can, and our new Frozen Kefir Bars take popsicle to a new probiotic level. Most county fair staples on a stick need a real overhaul to land in the health food category, so we went back to the original meat on a stick, the chicken drumstick!

To keep it crazy easy (as food on a stick should be) you only need to add 2 ingredients to your chicken drumsticks to turn them into a delicious dinner you can eat standing up.  Or make it a complete meal with a side of veggies and a whole grain dish like brown rice.

Kefir-Pesto Marinated Chicken

Yield: about 12 drumsticks (this is enough to feed a crowd or make enough to have leftovers, but works well scaled back, too)


4 lbs chicken drumsticks with the skin

1 ¼ cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir

6 oz jar pesto Genovese (or ¾ cup  homemade pesto for any successful herb gardeners with extra basil on hand)

½ tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper



Mix kefir, pesto, salt and pepper. Divide chicken legs in 2 gallon ziplock bags and pour kefir mixture into bags to coat the chicken. Seal and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. The longer it soaks in the marinade, the more tender and delicious the chicken.

Remove chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking (room temperature chicken will bake more evenly). Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover 2 sheet trays with parchment paper and space chicken out evenly on trays.  Bake for 25-35 minutes until chicken is cooked through, rotating the trays and flipping the drumsticks half way through cooking to brown evenly.

Serve hot or cold as a perfect picnic dish!


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