What do parties, sports gatherings, and family comfort foods all have in common? Why, chicken drumsticks, of course! Simple, delicious, and easy to make, drumsticks are the perfect choice to please a group. Drumsticks are also low cost and extremely versatile – they can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, each more delicious than the last. So dive on in, and enjoy these tested and approved recipes for preparing possibly the oldest party dish out there.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Oven BBQ Drumsticks
- 2 2. Lemon Garlic Drumsticks
- 3 3. Buffalo Drumsticks
- 4 4. Grilled Drumsticks
- 5 5. Fried Drumsticks
- 6 6. Chinese Drumsticks
- 7 7. Super Fancy Drumsticks
- 8 8. Taco Flavored Drumsticks
- 9 9. Oven-fried drumsticks
- 10 10. Sweet and Sour Drumsticks
- 11 11. Jamaican Jerk Chicken
- 12 12. Crock pot Drumsticks
- 13 13. Garlic and Ginger Drumsticks
- 14 14. Ranch Breaded Drumsticks
- 15 15. Pickle Flavored Drumsticks
- 16 Conclusion
1. Oven BBQ Drumsticks
Perhaps the most common way to prepare drumsticks is to simply bake them in the oven with a few spices or sauce. The dark meat and crispy skin is practically all the flavor these little guys need. This particular recipe adds a delicious twist by adding in barbecue sauce to give baked drumsticks an outdoorsy flavor. Plan on baking for about 40 minutes.
The ingredients include ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, butter, salt, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and chili powder, and of course chicken drumsticks. Some of the people who tried the recipe recommended leaving out the water, as it makes the sauce very runny.
If the drumsticks are too spicy, you can leave out the chili powder, or add more if you like it hot! Expect to spend about an hour to prepare the dish from start to finish. Serve with comfort foods like green vegetables and potatoes. Don’t forget dessert!
2. Lemon Garlic Drumsticks
This recipe is probably the quickest way to fix drumsticks and still have them retain an elegant touch. It involves cooking them in a heavy skillet on the stove, smothered in sauce and spices. Ingredients are few and fairly common: parsley, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon, olive oil, and chicken. Cooking time is only 45 minutes. For an especially savory dish, rub the salt and pepper over the skin of the chicken a day or two in advance.Get the Recipe Here.
Don’t forget to add some delicious sides! Drumsticks are amazing, but not extremely filling, unless you eat 10 or 12.
3. Buffalo Drumsticks
Who doesn’t love buffalo wings? The only drawback to wings is that because they are so small, they are hardly worth the mess for the two bites you get to take of chicken meat. Drumsticks have plenty of meat, and so could be the new favorite buffalo dish. Watch this quick video to learn the fast and easy way to get a spicy fan favorite in front of the TV in a flash.
4. Grilled Drumsticks
Nothing brings out the flavor of meat like grilling over coals or wood. This recipe is great for the visual learner, because it has a photo for each step of the process. Honey is the main flavoring in this dish, and it adds a delightful touch to an already amazing grilled meat.Get the Recipe Here.
Be sure to give yourself enough time to prepare the drumsticks in advance. They have to be soaked in the marinade for at least a full day before they go on the grill. You won’t be sorry for the time you put into getting these ready, though.
5. Fried Drumsticks
It wouldn’t be a complete collection of chicken recipes without a good old fashioned fried chicken included! Here is a basic but delicious recipe for fried drumsticks that won’t fail to please the pickiest eater.Get the Recipe Here.
If you don’t have the specific kind of seasoned flour, feel free to use your own seasonings blended with flour instead, such as salt, pepper, chives, or whatever you have on hand. Try a few varieties of spices to see what tastes best. Don’t forget plenty of paper towels or wet napkins when you serve this greasy dish!
6. Chinese Drumsticks
Are you ready for something a little different for dinner? Try this Chinese version of chicken drumsticks – it’s sure to please!Get the Recipe Here.
The ingredient list is not necessarily items you will have on hand, so plan ahead for this one. Ingredients include pancake syrup, orange juice, soy sauce, cooking sherry, and oyster sauce. The chicken has to marinate overnight, too. But the efforts will be well worth it when you serve these savory and sweet Oriental drumsticks with rice and vegetables. Add a fortune cookie on the side for a complete Chinese meal experience.
7. Super Fancy Drumsticks
No one said drumsticks have to be a simple dinner, or that they aren’t fit for a 5 course meal. If you have always thought of drumsticks in that way, check out this recipe and be surprised.Get the Recipe Here.
Although this dish is beautiful, it doesn’t require any hard to find ingredients. The next time you are invited to a fancy dinner party, bring this dish to impress your hosts! The drumsticks stand around the stuffing and resemble a crown roast.
8. Taco Flavored Drumsticks
Mexican food is all about that tangy, spicy flavor, so add that to your drumsticks, and you’ll be set. This dish is really easy to prepare, using just four ingredients. It’s fast too – you grill the chicken for just a few minutes, and you’re ready to serve em up with the rest of your food. The steps are shown in colorful photographs, and also a printable instruction set at the end.Get the Recipe Here.
9. Oven-fried drumsticks
Maybe you love fried food, but you understand that it isn’t the healthiest option. Here is a recipe you can compromise with – all the flavor of fried, but none of the greasy oil. This recipe is simple yet scrumptious, and must be tried! Ingredients are simple, and include, garlic powder, ginger, honey mustard, egg whites, and panko crumbs.Get the Recipe Here.
10. Sweet and Sour Drumsticks
Grilling drumsticks is possible the best way to get the full amount of flavor from these chunks of meat. Drumsticks can be flavored in almost any combination of spices and sauces, and here is a particularly tasty version that blends sweet honey with sour vinegar. The cayenne pepper also adds a spicy flavor.Get the Recipe Here.
11. Jamaican Jerk Chicken
If you like your chicken to pack a real punch, grill up some Jamaican style chicken with lime, garlic, and plenty of other flavors. This cook claims he makes the best version of jerk chicken in the world, and you may agree once you follow his video and make his recipe.Get the Recipe Here.
12. Crock pot Drumsticks
How about mixing up some mustard and syrup together for the next drumstick dinner? Sound horrible? Think again, because this recipe is a sure winner. Adding in other ingredients cuts down on the strangeness of the syrup-mustard combination, plus time in the crockpot makes everything simmer together in a wonderful way. The chicken tastes great, too! This recipe has plenty of photos to help you see exactly what to do in each step.Get the Recipe Here.
13. Garlic and Ginger Drumsticks
This fantastic recipe is a great family pleaser, and it doesn’t take long to bake or even to marinate. The time for the marinade to work is only about 20 minutes, rather than overnight, like most marinades. Fresh ginger makes this recipe a real winner.Get the Recipe Here.
14. Ranch Breaded Drumsticks
Some people don’t care for a 60 minute prep time, or 17 different ingredients when they go to fix dinner. This recipe avoids both of those problems, with a simple, short list, and quick prep time. Ranch flavoring is a crowd favorite, so this could be your new most requested dish for parties. Ingredients include ranch seasoning, bread crumbs, butter spray, and drumsticks.Get the Recipe Here.
15. Pickle Flavored Drumsticks
For this recipe, you use a packet of seasoning meant to flavor dill pickles, along with orange juice and pepper. Grill them outside, or bake them in the oven, and you will end up with a dish that delights just about anyone!
This recipe even has a version that you can freeze for later. It might be worth giving as a gift to a family with a newborn who may not want to prepare a big meal.Get the Recipe Here.
So which one of these recipes will you try first? Did we leave anything off the list of must-haves for drumsticks? As you can tell, this list is just an introduction to the wonderful world of chicken drumsticks. They can be prepared in many, many different ways, from oven baking, to pan frying, to grilling, to crock pot, and much more. One chef claimed her favorite way of preparing drumsticks was to place them in an oven-safe bag with spices, and bake them.
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