Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

This crowd-pleasing dish, Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks, is delicious with tender meat that falls off the bone. Serve over rice – loved by all!

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks
Friends, last Sunday, as a big pot of Greek Chicken Drumsticks was simmering on the stove, I was thinking about how to be imperfectly happy. My solution: Invite friends over for a spontaneous dinner.

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.

I say imperfectly happy, because nothing is ever 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.

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

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.

Remember that your home is where your heart lives. And this is where people can learn more about your heart – loving, caring, and knowing you! In turn, more importantly, you will create space for others around your table, and you will be able to learn from them.

True connection

We need people in our lives. True connection (with the outside world) helps us grow, become better people. When we isolate ourselves, our own ideas and thoughts become our gods. That is a scary place to be in, because then we start thinking that our ways are always superior. It’s good to be challenged by others, as “iron sharpens iron.”

It’s good to learn how to show love to others.

What I learned about this night was, people truly do love this dish I’m sharing today. :)

Learn to enjoy the table

I’ve also learned to be present around the table (forget the dishes) and enjoy the moment. Yes, we always bus the dishes, stacking them over by the sink. But then we head straight back to the table.

Because I don’t want to miss out.

Around the table is where we seat our hearts, calm our minds, listen and learn, become authentic and real.

This is where true inspiration lives.

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe is delicious with drumsticks, but also works for chicken thighs!

My friend cooked this for us awhile back. I found the Organic Coconut Vinegar (new to me!) at Nature’s Grocers, and found that Trader Joe’s does not carry it.

Use a large pot or braising pan (I used my LeCreuset) to cook this dish to perfection, creating the most juicy one-pot meal!

M-m … M-m … M-m …

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks

Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks
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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 Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 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
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 jar 6 oz Kalamata or Castelvetrano olives
  • 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 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.

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

18 comments on “Greek Style Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. eek! sadly this recipe didn’t turn out as I had hoped. While the chicken was moist the flavor profile wasn’t quite right for my family. I wasn’t able to get the coconut vinegar so I substituted with the vinegar mix above(1/3 c each sherry rice and cider vinegar). The flavor of the cider vinegar was very pronounced. I know you mentioned that the coconut vinegar was really the star so perhaps don’t try this recipe if you don’t have the coconut vinegar, or just leave out the cider vinegar from the mixed vinegar.

  2. Ok one more question do I add the olives with their liquid or drain the liquid? 

  3. Hi! This recipe looks awesome but I am curious as to why use coconut oil instead of olive oil? Is coconut flavor prominent in Greek cooking? Thanks for your help!

    • We love cooking with coconut oil, but you can totally use olive oil, Andi!

    • You can use olive oil. Coconut oil is just healthy to cook with. What makes this recipe so yummy is the coconut vinegar! I use Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Vinegar, you can buy this at the health food stores!

  4. So many wonderful flavors!  I’d love this over a big bowl of white rice :)

  5. Oh these flavors!!! Mercy!! What a way to catch up with good friends.

  6. What a beautiful dinner to entertain with!!  Love this Sandy!!

  7. I love the Greek flavors with chicken. And you can’t go wrong with a 1-pot meal!

  8. Greek ANYTHING is my favorite, so this is totally a winner winner chicken dinner!

  9. These flavors just pop! What a perfect way to serve drumsticks. 

  10. Loving the flavors going on here, really beautiful!

  11. You always have the best family style meals Sandy, this looks so delicious and a giant bowl would go down well right now!

  12. I do think spontaneous dinner parties are the best. There’s not as much pressure and, to be honest, I find that I cook a lot better when it’s not totally hyped up. This is a great dish to serve a crowd. I bet they loved it! 

  13. So much flavor! This looks amazing Sandy! 

  14. Yum! It looks so good!

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