Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Dill

I love fresh dill.  Just the smell makes my mouth water and I begin to think of all of the wonderful things I can do with it.   I can use it to make homemade ranch dip, and of course pickles, and as I found out from this recipe, it also pairs nicely with chicken. To start, I marinated the chicken drumsticks in a quick marinade of olive oil, fresh dill, red wine vinegar, salt and fresh cracked pepper. I then roasted the drumsticks in the oven until the skin was golden brown and crispy.  The smell coming from the kitchen was almost as good as the first juicy bite.

I used chicken drumsticks in this recipe because they were on sale at my local grocery store. You could also substitute chicken thighs or even a whole fryer chicken cut into 8 pieces so you can get a little bit of dark and white meat.

Note: You need to marinate this chicken for at least 2 hours, be sure to plan accordingly.

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Dill Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-5 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 6-8 chicken drumsticks



In a large bowl whisk together olive oil, dill, red wine vinegar, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.


Add chicken to bowl and toss to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight. As with most marinades, the longer the better :)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Place marinated chicken in a glass baking dish. Pour any remaining marinade over the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Turn on the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the skin turns golden brown.


Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with a few fresh dill sprigs, if desired. Serve.


Served with Simple Roasted Red Potatoes and some freshly steamed asparagus, this makes a perfect spring meal. Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    May 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Tried this recipe with gnocchi and pesto sauce. So delicious!

    • Reply
      May 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

      Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it. Gnocchi and pesto sounds super yummy, I bet it went well together.

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    April 30, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Great simple recipe! Thank you! With chicken, it’s all about the marinade! You can take it from bland to superb with just the right potions and letting it rest. I adore chicken and I find it’s at its best in simple recipes like this. I’ll try it soon!

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      April 30, 2009 at 1:39 pm

      You’re welcome Marta! I agree that it is all about the marinade and there are endless possibilities! I hope you enjoy it when you try it :)

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