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What Are Chicken Drumsticks?
Chicken drumsticks are a lot more than the parts of a whole roasted chicken which families are most likely to fight over at mealtimes. Chicken drumsticks are fun to eat and represent a classic comfort food. Try serving them as a tasty, practical and attractive option in buffets, or pack them for eating on a picnic, fishing trip or other outdoor adventure.
Whether you simply wish to put an end to mealtime squabbling or are looking to broaden your culinary horizons, packs of chicken drumsticks—large or small—can be bought fresh or frozen from most supermarkets, meaning not only that there are plenty of drumsticks to go round but also that the drumsticks can be cooked and served in a whole host of different, delicious ways. Have a go at roasting the drumsticks in your indoor oven, cooking them on the outdoor grill, or even simply poaching them in a pan of water, root vegetables and seasoning. The choice is yours, allowing you to feed and delight your family as you please.
Tips for Cooking Chicken Drumsticks
It is always worth mentioning in relation to cooking any part or parts of a chicken the importance of ensuring that the chicken is properly and appropriately cooked. Where your chicken drumsticks have been frozen, they must be thawed completely overnight in the refrigerator prior to being cooked. It is also imperative to ensure that the chicken drumsticks are fully cooked at all times and that no trace of red or pink juices remains. Please do not underestimate the importance of this factor.
All the chicken drumstick recipes shared on this page relate to small chicken drumsticks suited ideally to buffets or picnics. Where you are using larger drumsticks, be sure to allow a longer cooking time.
Hoisin Sauce Roasted Chicken Drumsticks
Hoisin sauce is a very popular Chinese cooking and dipping sauce. It is likely that even if the name is unfamiliar to you, if you are a fan of Chinese food, you will be familiar with the sweet and spicy taste. The chicken drumsticks in this recipe can either be mixed in two tablespoons of hoisin sauce, or where you want to dilute the flavour slightly, one tablespoon of hoisin sauce mixed with one tablespoon of natural yoghurt.
The mix will do 4 to 6 small drumsticks. Leave the skin on the chicken drumsticks and add them to a large bowl with the sauce. Stir carefully to coat them all evenly. Arrange them on a large baking tray as shown and cook in the oven (preheated to 375°F/190°C) for half an hour.
Remove from the oven, rest for 10 minutes and serve. Alternatively, cover and allow them to cool completely for a buffet or picnic, making sure you refrigerate them if they are to be kept overnight.
Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks
This is simply an Indian variation of the hoisin chicken drumsticks, the serving image for which is shown at the top of this page.
It is the sauce recipe only which differs from the hoisin sauce recipe and it consists of:
- 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon tandoori curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 peeled and grated garlic clove
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Mix the sauce ingredients together into a smooth paste before adding the chicken drumsticks.
Salt and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks
This recipe for oven-roasting chicken drumsticks incorporates no actual sauce so varies slightly from the two recipes above.
Put one tablespoon of vegetable or sunflower oil into a bowl and add one teaspoon of hot chilli powder and half a teaspoon of salt. Stir well, ensuring that there are no lumps in the mix.
Add the chicken legs as before and stir to evenly coat in the seasoned oil.
The oven temperature is the same, 375°F/190°C, but test the chicken drumsticks after 25 minutes rather than half an hour, when they should be ready in the absence of sauce.
Try these chicken drumsticks served on a bed of salad, like the simple arugula/rocket and red onion salad depicted above. A garnish of some coarsely chopped cilantro/coriander makes an attractive and tasty finish.
Roasted Chicken Drumstick and Bacon Lollipops With Fries
The name for these chicken drumsticks came about simply because, when you lift one to eat it, there is a certain resemblance to a lollipop. This is simply chicken drumsticks (skin on) with a rasher of bacon wrapped around the end where the flesh is exposed. They are laid on a lightly oiled baking tray and oven baked at 375°F/190°C for around 35 minutes. You will find the bacon deliciously crisp and totally fused to the drumsticks.
If you choose to make your own fries, simply peel a large floury potato and slice and then chop it into fries. Dry them in a clean tea towel before frying them for four minutes when you put your chicken drumsticks into the oven. Remove, lay some kitchen paper on a plate, cover and allow to cool.
When you take your chicken drumstick and bacon lollipops from the oven and set them aside to rest, the fries should be fried again for three to four minutes until golden and crisp.
Curried Chicken Drumsticks Casserole With Rice
This is a deliciously succulent way of cooking and serving chicken drumsticks. Although chicken drumsticks are normally picked up and eaten by hand, in this one instance you may wish to use a knife and fork. They should be more than tender enough to eat in this way, or alternatively, you should definitely have some finger bowls on the table.
This recipe calls for the skin to be removed from the chicken drumsticks. Do not try to cut it off with a knife, as you will damage the flesh. Instead, try to carefully pull the skin from the thick end towards the thin and right off the bone. If you are struggling at the end part only, snip it away with some kitchen scissors or by cutting through it with the point of a very sharp knife.
Lay four chicken drumsticks in the base of a large casserole dish and add a peeled and quartered onion. Pour over a pint of curry sauce and very gently stir to coat the chicken drumsticks evenly. Cook in the oven at 350°F/180°C for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove and set aside to rest for ten to fifteen minutes while you prepare some boiled rice with which to serve the drumsticks.
Lift the drumsticks from the casserole dish with cooking tongs and lay them on the rice, before spooning sauce carefully over the top.
How Do You Like to Eat Chicken Drumsticks?
Thank you for visiting this page and I hope that you have found at least one of these varied chicken drumstick recipes appealing. I hope that you very much enjoy any of the recipes which you decide to try. Any feedback which you may have can be left in the space immediately below.