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Chicken Drumsticks in Italian Tomato Sauce

This wonderful Italian tomato sauce is a fantastic addition to your next campfire chicken barbecue. Tender and almost overripe tomatoes are gently simmered with a couple of classic spices and the smallest amount of high-quality white wine and transformed into a lovely sauce that goes perfectly with different types of fish and poultry. This time we decided to go with a crowd favorite – chicken drumsticks. In that case, you’ll probably want to marinate your meat for some extra taste.

When it comes to marinating the chicken, there are hundreds of different options, but you’ll probably want to keep the vibrant Italian flavor and go with some olive oil, garlic, and herbs. Adding a pinch of chili powder will also give an extra kick to this classic, if you're looking to shake things up. Finally, make sure to finish everything with a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan or Grana Padano and enjoy!

You Will Need:

6 chicken drumsticks

For the Marinade:
1 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Sauce:
3 ripe tomatoes
2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
¼ cup grated parmesan
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried celery
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
¼ cup white wine


Rinse drumsticks thoroughly under cold running water. Pat dry and set aside.

Now, prepare the marinade. Crush garlic in a small bowl and add salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and olive oil. Mix all well and generously brush drumsticks. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, add a couple of dried wooden branches in your Breeo® smokeless fire pit. Start the fire with wooden matches and then add 4 - 5 hardwood logs. Let the fire burn for down to just a little more than coals.

Using a sharp paring knife, peel and finely chop onions. Rinse and chop tomatoes keeping as much tomato juice as you can. Set aside.

Lower the grill until it’s right over the pit. Grease a large iron cast skillet with some oil and place on the grill. Heat up and add onions. Cook until translucent, stirring occasionally.

Now, add tomatoes and sprinkle with smoked paprika, dried celery, dried oregano, salt, and sugar. Stir all well and cook for 7 - 8 minutes. Pour in the tomato sauce and gently simmer until tomatoes have completely softened – about 15 - 20 minutes. Finally, pour in the wine and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile, remove drumsticks from the refrigerator. Move the tomato sauce to one side of the grill and add drumsticks. Grill for 4-5 minutes per side, brushing with some of the marinade every couple of minutes.

When done, remove drumsticks from the grill and transfer to the skillet. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and mix all well. Serve up your delicious campfire chicken!