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Cilantro Chicken Drumsticks over Mango Quinoa

  • Prep Time 0:40
  • Cook Time 0:40
  • Estimated Cost $9.50

I could hardly believe my eyes when I picked up a package of free range chicken drumsticks at Trader Joe’s earlier this week and saw that 1.5 lbs cost just $2. Obviously I had to buy a package (or 2!). The sweet quinoa proved the perfect match for this simple and flavorful preparation of the meaty drumsticks.

Note: This chicken would also be delicious grilled.


  • extra virgin olive oil Pantry
  • juice and zest of 1 lime $0.50
  • 1 small bunch cilantro (stems and leaves) $1
  • 4 cloves garlic Pantry
  • 6 chicken drumsticks $2
  • pinch each salt and pepper Pantry
  • 1/2 white onion, diced $0.50
  • 1 cup quinoa $2 for 12 oz.
  • 1 tbsp honey or sugar Pantry
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar $1.50 for 10 oz.
  • 1 mango, diced $1
  • 1 small bunch mint, chopped very finely $1

Recipe Serves 3-4


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine 1/8 cup olive oil, lime juice and zest, cilantro and garlic. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Place chicken drumsticks in a baking dish. Rub cilantro mixture all over drumsticks. Cover dish tightly with foil and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes (up to 2 hours).
  4. Bake chicken, covered with foil, for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes. Place drumsticks briefly under broiler (2-3 minute) to achieve a brown exterior.
  5. To make the quinoa, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook just until fragrant--about 1 minute. Add 1quinoa and 2 cups water and cover. Once water comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  6. Remove from heat and transfer quinoa mixture to a bowl. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to bring quinoa's temperature down.
  7. While quinoa refrigerates, whisk together 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, honey, rice vinegar and mint.
  8. Once quinoa has cooled slightly, toss with diced mango and olive oil-vinegar mixture.
  9. Serve chicken over mango quinoa.

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Jen, on Aug 11, 05:21 PM, wrote:

Well this is now cooking and it smells awesome! loving this website for easy meals that make my husband never want me to go back to work ;-)

Susan Cline, on Aug 26, 11:25 AM, wrote:

I made this the another night for dinner and it was great. I don’t have a food processor so I just diced up ingredients for the marinade very finely. The quinoa was perfect and I liked the tart addition of the mangos. It was my first time cooking quinoa but your instructions were very clear.