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Smoked Chicken Tikka Drumsticks by Dennis the Prescott

Difficulty 3/5
Prep time 10 mins

Cook time 45 mins
Serves 6-8

Hardwood Mesquite

Switch your chicken routine up and go with the bold flavors of Dennis the Prescott’s Chicken Tikka Drumsticks. These bad boys take an overnight bath in a marinade before going directly on the grill. Garnish with curry lime yogurt, fresh lime, cilantro and sliced red onion for wood-fired perfection.


Chicken Tikka Drumsticks

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp Garam Masala

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground cayenne

1/2 medium Spanish onion, diced

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

12 chicken drumsticks

Curry Lime Yogurt

1-1/2 cups Greek yogurt

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice

Pinch of sea salt


fresh cilantro

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 lime, cut into wedges

1-2 sliced green or red chilies


For the Marinade: In the base of a food processor, combine the spices, ginger, garlic, onion, yogurt, lemon juice, oil, and salt, and pulse until smooth.

Place the chicken in a large bowl, pour over the marinade, then massage chicken until every nook and cranny of the chicken is coated. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight (at least 12 hours).

When ready to cook, set the temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

Place the chicken directly on the grill grates and cook for 45-50 minutes, until crispy and wood-fire grilled to perfection (or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165℉).

For the Curry Lime Yogurt: While the chicken is grilling, combine all of the yogurt ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced red onion and serve with curry lime yoghurt, fresh lime wedges, and if you like it extra spicy, sliced chilies. Enjoy!

Click to learn more about Pro Team member Chef Dennis The Prescott and check out more of his recipes and photos on his Instagram @DennisThePrescott.

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*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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