Crowd-pleasing Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks is delicious one-pot meal with tender chicken that falls off the bone. Serve over potatoes!

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks in a pot

Friends, last Sunday, we had a pot of Greek Chicken Drumsticks simmering on the stove, as we invited friends over for a spontaneous dinner. My recipe for a classic Chicken Drumstick Recipe is a staple in our house along with my personal favorite Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts.

a serving of Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

If you love Greek food as much as we do then you will love this dish one pot Greek Chicken meal! The secret to this recipe is to use Coconut Vinegar!

how to make Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients for Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Onion
  • Coconut oil (you can use regular olive oil, but the flavor is better with coconut oil) 
  • Garlic and shallots
  • Coconut vinegar (*key ingredient – we use this brand: Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Vinegar – 12.7 fl oz so you can order a bottle now on Amazon (afflink)
  • Chicken broth
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cinnamon, salt, pepper
  • Kalamata or Castelvetrano olives
  • Fresh rosemary

taking a bite of Greek drumstick

Spontaneous entertaining with easy chicken recipe

Our friends, who we hadn’t seen in over a year, said yes! It was just the 4 of us, and we had a delightful, much needed time together. Nothing is perfect when we host in our home, but it sure makes me happy anyway!

One thing I’ve learned is that spontaneous entertaining is pretty easy. Although it does take a bit of courage, a push toward a goal, and pulling the dinner together quickly, I find I worry way less than before a planned-out dinner party.

These drumsticks are incredibly easy, super delicious, and a great dinner party meal since they aren’t fussy and are inexpensive. Plus you can serve them on rice, quinoa, polenta, or mashed potatoes.

There is no perfect

No matter how good you are at entertaining, no matter how hard you try to make it perfect, learn to go with the flow.

  1. Focus on a one-pot meal. Ask your guests to bring something simple (since it’s last minute), whether bread, dessert, or even a salad or raw vegetables.
  2. Set the table. Don’t overthink it. If you don’t have a centerpiece, just add candles (the perfect ambience).
  3. Love your imperfect home. Learn how to do a quick “10-minute cleaning” routine.

Greek Style Chicken Drumstick on potatoes

Substitutions for this chicken recipe:

  • Use drumsticks for this recipe, but you can also use chicken thighs!
  • Use a large pot or braising pan (I used my LeCreuset) to cook this dish to perfection, creating the most juicy one-pot meal!
  • You can serve this chicken (in bowls) over rice, polenta, quinoa, or mashed potatoes.

M-m … M-m … M-m …!! So good!

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

More chicken recipes:

One-pot Chicken Paprika Thighs

Chicken Marsala

Baked Chicken Teriyaki Tenders

Asian Glazed Drumsticks {Skinnytaste}

Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks {Foodie Crush}

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks in a pot
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Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

Don’t skimp on the coconut vinegar … it’s the “star” ingredient. (I buy it at Nature’s Grocers.)
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Yield: 8


  • 16 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 large shallots
  • 1 cup organic coconut vinegar
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 6 oz Kalamata or Castelvetrano olives, drained
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh rosemary


  • Prepare the chicken drumsticks by laying on a tray; salt and pepper both sides (leave the skin on).
  • In a large deep pot or deep braiser, melt 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil on medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and shallots and cook another 2 minutes. Remove from the pan; set aside.
  • In the same pot, add the remaining 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil until hot and melted. Add the chicken drumsticks (you may need to do in 2 batches), skin side down, cooking 3-4 minutes; turn over and cook on the other side until golden brown.
  • Add in all the chicken drumsticks; pour in the coconut vinegar while the pan is hot. It will bubble and foam (which is why you need a deep pot); simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and tomatoes; add the cinnamon. Add in the reserved onion mixture and the cinnamon; season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the drained olives over the top and add the fresh snipped rosemary. Cover and simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours, until the chicken is tender with a fork. Serve on top of rice, quinoa, or mashed potatoes.


updated from March 2016
Cuisine: Greek
Course: Main Course
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serving of Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks with potatoes