Cajun Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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Preparation Time5 mins plus marinating
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins plus marinating
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories320 Kcal16%
Fat19 g27%
Saturated Fat4 g20%

Who doesn’t love a great summer barbecue? Even if the weather doesn’t hold up, there’s nothing better to get you in the summer mood then gathering your friends and family together and starting up the barbecue.

Plus, barbecuing your food gives you the chance to try all sorts of flavours and spices you wouldn’t usually try in your kitchen and barbecuing your meat brings out a whole host of flavours.

With this healthy chicken recipe, you get the best barbecue flavours without any guilt as the dish only contains 320 calories.

Using fennel seeds, that are great for aiding indigestion and Cajun spice rub along with brown sugar, these chicken drumsticks are spicy and flavoursome when left to marinade overnight. But don’t worry if you’re pushed for time as just marinating them for an hour will also ensure this barbecue recipe is full of flavour too.

Chicken is a great source of protein and is full of essential minerals and can be enjoyed as part of a healthy and low calorie diet. So just because you’re entertaining doesn’t mean you need to serve up something unhealthy – give this barbecue recipe a go and you’re guests will never know the difference.



  1. Place all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and coat the drumsticks well. Marinate for at least an hour, or up to overnight.
  2. When you’re ready to cook, remove the drumsticks from the marinade and shake off any excess. Cook on the hottest part of the barbecue for 20 to 25 minutes, turning occasionally. Serve the drumsticks with lots of napkins!


  • 2 to 3tbsp Cajun spice rub
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • 2tsp brown sugar
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 8 free-range chicken drumsticks, skin on
Jane Curran

Jane Curran is a freelance food editor, stylist, writer and consultant based in Cape Town. Former food director of TI Media & woman&home. All about food, wine (dipWSET), gardening and the Arsenal.