Aug 022010

This is a very easy and simple recipe for weekday dinner. I like to bake the drumstick before placing on the grill, it is faster and cooks evenly. Not to mention that I don’t have to keep “babysitting” the chicken on the grill afraid that it will turn into a charcoal…while the chicken is in the oven I can prepare the side dish. The reason that I use drumstick is because the skin of the chicken gets roasted and taste so good crispy…I know, I know it is not healthy, but once in a while…


3~4 garlic cloves finely minced
1 teaspoon oregano
¼ cup fresh basil finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cooking wine
8 chicken drumsticks

1 cup orzo pasta
2~3 garlic cloves chopped finely
1 ½ tablespoon butter
2 cups string green beans boiled and cut
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese
Pine nuts to garnish


Mix all the ingredients together with the chicken and let it sit for approximately ½ hour. Place the chicken drumstick in the oven for approximately 20 minutes at 350F. In the meantime prepare the orzo pasta.

Orzo Pasta
Cook the orzo pasta as indicated by the instruction of the package, drain and set aside. In a small pan heat the butter, add the garlic and the string beans, sautee for a few minutes until the beans are soft. Add the orzo pasta, salt and pepper to taste, mix gently and remove from the heat.

Once the chicken has been in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, remove carefully and set them on the BBQ grill enough to give the drumstick a roasted color…golden color. Remove and serve with the orzo pasta topped with grated parmesan cheese and pine nuts.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that orzo pasta was originally made from barley? Today orzo is made with wheat semolina, same as hard wheat used in many Italian pasta.

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  82 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Drumstick with Orzo Pasta”

  1. Fantastic meal! I looove orzo…this looks perfect.

  2. Such a perfect and simple meal Juliana. Love those char mark on your chicken, it make them look appetizing 🙂

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  4. delicious meal..looks yumm

  5. Wow… what a lovely summer meal, and I’m so jealous of your BBQ, I live in Apartment….the only grill I can use is grill pan. And that’s not fun, right?

  6. A very delicious meal! Orzo with green beans looks awesome!

  7. Isn’t it funny? I never seem to use orzo for anything else but soup. And buttered of course. (so bad but so good with tons of black pepper:) Anyway, love the notion of combining it with beans. Sounds exciting! So you bake your chicken before you barbecue? Interesting concept. I’ve heard of people boiling it before but baking it…will need to try.

    Thanks for sharing, Juliana…

  8. Very smart that you bake them before putting them on the BBQ grill. I bet they taste really good and crispy.

  9. BBQ Chicken looks crisped to perfection. I wish so badly that I was able to grill!

  10. I also like baking my chicken before grilling it. That way I don’t have to worry about it burning on the outside before getting done on the inside. I love orzo but never think to use it. I need to put it out on my counter to remind myself! Your recipe looks delicious!

  11. I’ve never considered baking chicken before sticking it on the grill. Makes sense, though, because poultry is the hardest meat for me to grill! Lovely meal and very kid-friendly, too.

  12. I like using the drumstick, too…for all the same reasons, PLUS…built-in-handle! Doesn’t get much better than that 😉 This sounds like a delicious meal!

  13. I LOVe drumsticks but Ben won’t eat them…more for me!! 🙂

  14. It’s a great idea to bake drumsticks first. How couldn’t I think it before! I will keep this in mind. And I agree, the grilled skin on drumsticks tastes so good! Orzo looks so appealing too. Never cooked it with grean beans before. Another great idea!

  15. wow great recipe and looks so summery yum

  16. Drumsticks are a favorite at my house and your method for cooking them sounds great! What a lovely meal together with the orzo!

  17. Orzo is great! It looks like it added a great side to the chicken, instead of rice or spaghetti!


  19. Your chicken looks SO good and you make me want to try orzo. Do you believe I’ve never had it?? A perfect summer meal.

  20. Such comforting meal! Never tried having orzo before but it does look like long grain rice. Am I invitied? hehe….. Hope you’re enjoying your day, dear.
    Cheers, kristy

  21. comfort food … I’ve always enjoyed the garlic-oregano combination with meats but adding basil to it makes it even more delectable….

  22. That chicken looks SO good. And I agree with you, I love the chicken skin. Know it’s not good for me, but once in a while, I just have to eat it.

  23. This looks delicious! I didn’t know that fact about orzo being made from barley. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Orzo makes such a great pasta salad. Cooks up so fast, and is so easy to eat, what with the teeny size. 😉

  25. Great idea about baking the chicken for a bit first. I had when the outside is charred and the middle is pink. Yours looks perfect 🙂

  26. Yums!! I’ve never seen that pasta before! I have to go check out the supermart today. Looks like risotto or sort of. And that drumstick is delish!! wish i can sink my teeth right into it.

  27. Mmm I love the texture of orzo, especially when paired with this tasty chicken dish! Thanks for sharing.

  28. I don’t know, it looks pretty healthy to me. Even better though, it looks delicious! My whole family loves a pile of chicken legs for dinner. I’ll definitely be whipping up a batch of these!

  29. I LOVE chicken skin too! especially it’s grilled or roasted…I can’t pass that!

    the orzo pasta looks very summerish:-) healthy and fresh, love it!

  30. I love the idea of baking the chicken then finishing on the grill for that signature bbq taste – genius! The orzo looks so good! Can you believe I’ve never had it before? I guess I should remedy that immediately!

  31. What a delicious meal and it is presented perfectly. Love those photos.

  32. Looks delicious! You’ve also just reminded me that I’ve been meaning to cook with this pasta, but so far have not managed to remember to pick it up from the shops!

  33. I think this would be such a hit with kids and adults alike! And by that I mean adults with an inner child too 😉

  34. Wonderful recipe! I’ve heard that it is actually better for your health to precook your chicken…something about carcinogens from being on the grill too long…whatever that might mean. But yes, this recipe looks simple and delicious. Perfect!

  35. Unhealthy? I think it is ok. I love the skin when roasted :O

  36. This is the kind of dinner I could really get into. Its kind of a kicked up version of chicken and rice. I love it.
    *kisses* HH

  37. That’s a great idea of bake the chicken before grilling!

  38. Mmmm…a lovely meal for old and young. My daughter is one who always eyes for the chicken skin. She will like this one 😀

  39. The drumstick is my favorite part of the chicken! This looks so delicious–we may have it tonight!

  40. Simple and delicious, love the idea of baking 1st before grilling…

  41. We keep drumsticks handy for a quick meal. Now, I definitely want to pair it with that amazing orzo. What a treat!

  42. YUm, I know what you mean abotu golden chicken skin, definitely a worthy indulgence once in a while 🙂

  43. I love bbq chicken, and its always nice to see anew approach to it!! Your orzo looks incredible!!! I don’t know why I don’t make orzo more often, yours looks so very very good!

  44. garlic and chicken are always a lovely combo. i can imagine how that would smell on the barbeque. the pasta salad looks lovely!

  45. I love chicken and it looks so perfect with orzo!

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  46. I’m a leg girl too. That pasta sounds so delicious, I’ve never tried to make Orzo but your recipe looks easy and delicious.

  47. Thuse drumsticks look delicious and so does the orzo salad! A wonderful dish.



  48. Orzo with green beans and grilled chicken look so delicious and I like the idea of baking the drumstick before grilling.

  49. Wow the simple BBQ chicken recipe sounds amazing and the orzo pasta looks fresh and delicious 🙂 What a perfect meal!

  50. Looks awesome! I cant find orzo pasta here unfortunately…would love to try it if I could. THe bbq chicken must be delicious!

  51. At first I thought you were cooking with white glutinous rice 🙂 then, I realised it is orzo pasta. I have never cooked with orzo – should really try it – would be a great alternative to rice!

  52. Delivious dinner. I also bake my ribs before grilling them.

  53. I so need a grill! My new apt. actually has one, but I’m scared to use it since I know nothing about grilling… But it’s time to get my practice on! This looks just lovely 🙂

  54. I’d love to try the orzo pasta. Yum! I did not know the fact about the barley. Interesting!

  55. Juliana…baking the chicken is I guess similar to why we used to slightly boil it before marinade…all so that….as you say not to babysit the chicken! It also helped with extracting some of the guck and fat that comes off of it.
    Orzo is a very interesting grain which I guess I don’t eat enough of…and yes, great in a salad.
    Some great cooking going on in that klitchen of yours ;o)

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,

  56. Is there anything better than the crispy bits? Once in a while couldn’t hurt. Lovely BBQ

  57. That’s a delicious meal. I like your orzo pasta. It looks so light and fresh!

  58. I always prefer to use drumsticks because i don’t have to worry about over-cooking them! And I agree, the skin goes nice and crispy and I reassure myself that much of the fat actually renders out while being cooked – whether it be oven-roasted, barbecued or grilled.

  59. What a delightful meal. I love orzo and could eat chicken every day of the week, so your recipe is perfect for my table. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary.

  60. sometimes nothing will satisfy a craving like ripping some chicken off its bone. this is a great preparation, juliana!

  61. Amazing post. I have bookmarked your site. I am looking forward to reading more

  62. Great idea to bake the chicken first. It does make it easier not to get it too grilled and burned, which I’ve manged to do from time to time. We’re eating orzo more and more – love it. It’s so easy and bring raves at dinner parties.

  63. A delicious comfort meal Juliana! I really love the orzo! All my favorites in there.

  64. yummy! I love the burnt bits!

  65. Great combo! And grilled chicken is always welcome. So yummy looking specially the orzo side.

  66. I love chicken with crispy skin on it too! Oh boy, seeing this recipe makes me wish I had access to a grill. This looks like a wonderful recipe for a summer picnic.

  67. Great dish! I like that you pre-cook the chicken. So much easier…

    The orzo pasta dish sounds great. I like orzo but hardly every cook with it…

  68. Chicken skin once in a while is definitely a must. Too yummy to pass up. Great recipe, and I love the orzo. Sometimes if I’m very hungry, I’ll actually microwave the chicken first before grilling it. Thanks for sharing Juliana 🙂

  69. I love the simplicity of this chicken. I’m always trying to come up with complex rubs and marinades which don’t always turn out well. I think I really need to take a step back and do something simple like this again. It sounds delicious and I love orzo!

  70. this looks too yummy! i love chicken drumstick, whether fried, roast, baked etc. the char bits are the best!!

  71. orzos are my favorite!!

  72. Mmm what a delicious meal! The orzo with cheese is the best! Looks so good!

  73. Pre-baking the drumsticks? Definitely a great idea, esp if you’re serving a crowd!

  74. Love orzo and well I think its tough to find anything that beats a BBQ chicken drumstick. Just a very difficult thing to do.

  75. What a yummy and easy chicken dish! I need to buy drumsticks more often 🙂

  76. Oh how I love orzo – looks delicious!

  77. Hello,It’s my first time visiting your lovely blog. You have a beautifully designed blog with so many delicious and healthy recipes. Great BBQ chicken recipe, looks delish!

  78. we love orzo, perfect chicken recipe for weeknights, but flavorful enough for guest..yummy


  79. You can’t beat a simple, satisfying pasta side dish, and I just love orzo! This sounds like a great way to use fresh green beans, which I can never seem to think up any creative ideas for.

  80. What a lovely dish…love your step by step photos 🙂

  81. Oh gosh. I’m SO very hungry. I’m putting a list of ingredients together. Perhaps, I can do some grocery shopping. This looks GOOD. 😉


  82. Hi Juliana, great to learn another way of chicken marinade. Also got some orzo at home, will try your recipe soon.