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Pakistani Style Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

These easy to prepare chicken drumsticks derive their flavor from a punchy yogurt marinade that my mother perfected over several years.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Marinade Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani Cuisine
Servings 2 people
Calories 471 kcal


  • 1 sheet pan or oven proof dish
  • 1 medium size bowl


  • ½ cup whole milk yogurt lightly whisked
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder or 1 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon crushed ginger
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 skinless chicken drumsticks or roughly 1 pound bone-in chicken pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Add whisked yogurt, chili powder, salt, garam masala powder, lemon juice, crushed ginger and garlic to a medium size bowl and mix well.
  • Make diagonal slits in the chicken and coat in yogurt marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Grease ovenproof dish or sheet pan with roughly 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F with a rack in the middle.
  • Place chicken on ovenproof dish or sheet pan, cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove foil and let the chicken bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Increase heat to 500°F and bring oven to broil. Broil chicken for 5 - 10 minutes. The exact time will depend on the type of chicken you are using.