These fiesta Whole30 chicken drumsticks are marinaded in the best ever homemade Paleo and Whole30 taco sauce. The homemade taco sauce is only a few simple ingredients, and when you throw the chicken drumsticks on the grill, you have an easy dinner or protein for meal prep in under 30 minutes! Even if you want to use the oven baked method, these are the best tasting marinaded drumsticks!
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I can’t stop grilling all of the things this summer. As some of you may know, this is our first summer in our first home! So I’m definitely in the “honeymoon phase” of being a homeowner still and just loving every second I get to be in my backyard, on my deck, using my grill. Such a big difference from last summer when I was in a tiny 700 square foot apartment with no A/C and certainly no grill.
But, that being said, I haven’t forgotten what that was like, so of course I’m including oven instructions here for these Whole30 chicken drumsticks as well for you if you’re currently grill-less! Everyone should be able to make these Whole30 chicken drumsticks. Bonus, the homemade Paleo and Whole30 taco sauce is LEGIT, and can be used so many different ways. Like, you know, tacos.
For the Paleo homemade taco sauce, you only need a handful of standard ingredients. I love making my own because I know it’s not filled with junk like taco sauce from the store. Aside from the spices, all you’ll need is tomato sauce and some bone broth. I used Vital Proteins Chicken Bone Broth Collagen, which I’ve been keeping on hand for over a year now.
Vital Proteins bone broth is a powdered broth, which honestly saves me so often when I want to make something but don’t have any cartons of liquid broth left in the cupboards. I also used to always open a carton, use 1 or 2 cups, and then forget it was in the fridge. Being they are only good for 7 days, I ended up wasting a ton of money.
Not to mention, this takes up way less space than cartons, lasts for months, and I don’t waste one penny! Whole30 or Paleo broths are SO hard to find in most grocery stores, and both the Vital Proteins beef and chicken bone broth collagen only has one ingredient – the powdered bone broth!
I love the health benefits of added collagen, too. It’s great for digestion, joint health, your skin, hair and nails. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. As we get older, though, our body’s natural production of collagen decreases, which is linked to wrinkles, weakening of joint cartilage and decreased mobility and flexibility, and a whole host of other issues. Adding in collagen to your daily routine can do wonders for so many things, from joint pain to recovery from workouts.
Read more about collagen in my Guide to Collagen: Who, What and Why to Take Collagen
The easiest (and fastest) way to make these Whole30 chicken drumsticks is of course the grill, or even a grill pan if you have one. As I mentioned, the oven totally works too! You can also use the sauce and the same instructions but swap the drumsticks for wings or tenders. Whatever you’re feeling or whatever you’ve got on hand!
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- 2.5 pounds chicken drumsticks
- 1 13.4oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Chicken Bone Broth Collagen
- 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- In a small bowl, mix water and bone broth powder together to create the broth
- Add broth, tomato sauce and spices to a medium sauce pan over medium heat
- Combine and let cook for 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened a bit
- Remove from heat and let cool until no longer steaming
- In a large ziplock bag or a large bowl, combine chicken drumsticks and 1 and 1/2 cups of sauce, or until dummies are covered and coated completely
- Refrigerate and let marinate for at least a half hour, or overnight
- The remainder of the sauce can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to a week, or frozen
- Heat grill to medium, or preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grill for 7 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked to 165 degrees F. internal temp.
- Or, bake on a baking sheet for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until fully cooked
The remainder of the sauce can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to a week, or frozen. Oven times may vary.
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