Spicing up your drumsticks for your taste buds’ pleasure… And who needs the hassle of flying to Greece when you could scoop up one of these puppies? Or a few if you’re anything like us. This recipe captures the flavor of the quintessential Greek gyro but on a drumstick. No forks or knives needed; this is pure game day finger food!



  • 1 dozen drumsticks

Chicken Brine

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Water

Chicken Rub

  • 2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper


  • 1 pint Greek yogurt
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, roughly chopped
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. oil (canola or olive oil)
  • Pinch of salt & pepper


To brine the chicken:

  1. In a hotel pan, combine all the ingredients (save for the water) and your chicken drumsticks. Add water to fill and cover with plastic.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.

To make the tzatziki:

  1. Add the Greek yogurt to a bowl. Then add the cucumbers, lemon juice and zest, and garlic powder.
  2. Mix in the oil and a pinch of salt & pepper. Stir well.

To cook the chicken:

  1. Wipe grill grates with canola oil soaked paper towel then turn grill on high.
  2. Add drumsticks to the grill and sear on both sides for a combined 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer chicken over to the hotel pan you used for brining and liberally coat with the gyro spice mixture. Place pan on grill, close the lid, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  4. Serve!

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