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This Chicken Drumsticks in Tamarind Chili Sauce is delicious and full of amazing flavors. Spicy and sweet and ready to eat. By Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
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Chicken Drumsticks in Tamarind Chili Sauce

Chicken Drumsticks in Tamarind Chile Sauce is a robust and flavorful dish. It is the perfect balance of heat and sweet. Enjoy!
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 541kcal



  • For the Tamarind paste:
  • Crack open the tamarind pod, removing the shells.
  • Add them to a large stockpot.
  • Add enough water to cover the pods.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Let stand for an hour, or until the tamarind flesh is soft.
  • With your hands, remove the membranes and seeds from the tamarind.
  • Set aside until ready to use.
  • For the Chilis:
  • Toast the Guajillo and chile de arbol chilis on a griddle, turning frequently.
  • Do not let these burn. Only 1-2 minutes on each side.
  • With kitchen scissors, cut the top of the chili, then lengthwise, and remove the seeds and the membranes.
  • Repeat this step for every chili.
  • Add all the a large stockpot along with enough water to cover the chilis.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Turn stove off and let sit for 15 minutes, or until soft and pliable.
  • For the Tamarind Chili Sauce:
  • Add the tamarind paste, softened chilis, 1 cup chicken broth, brown sugar, onion, garlic, and salt in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Taste for salt.
  • For the chicken:
  • Salt drumsticks.
  • Heat oil in a large pan.
  • Brown chicken drumsticks on all sides.
  • Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Slowly add the Tamarind Chili Sauce and remaining chicken broth.
  • With a spatula, gently stir the sauce, scraping the bottom of the pan.
  • Return chicken to the pan.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Serve with rice.


Crack open the shells and remove the flesh from inside. Pour some water over them and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat. Come back in an hour.


Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 831IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg