I received a request last week for some quick and easy chicken drumstick recipes. Angela told me that chicken drumsticks were on sale at her supermarket for 59 cents a pound. And as a bonus, kids love drumsticks; they are the perfect finger food. There are usually about 4 drumsticks per pound.
This might not be news to most parents, but I have found that children love any kind of food they can eat with their fingers and dip into, well, a dip. Vegetables cut into small pieces and served with a dill dip are always a hit. Why not do the same thing with chicken drumsticks? Any of the savory dip recipes in my Appetizer Recipes would work really well. This is also a good way to get more nutrition in each bite, since you can use low fat yogurt and chopped vegetables to make a terrific dip.
You can leave the skin on the drumsticks for these recipes, or remove it, as you wish. The chicken will be more moist if cooked with the skin on. Also think about using any of my Chicken Coating recipes with the drumsticks. Just bake the coated drumsticks at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes until the meat is thoroughly cooked, the juices run clear, and the chicken is fork tender.
Chicken drumsticks are also a great source for chopped cooked chicken meat. Simply poach or bake the drumsticks until the meat is thoroughly cooked, then let cool and pull the meat off the bone. The cooked meat freezes beautifully and you'll have a ready source for cooked chicken on days when you just can't face the stove. And remember, you can use drumsticks as a substitute in any recipe that calls for bone in chicken pieces.
Enjoy the recipes, and keep sending me suggestions for more articles!
Chicken Drumstick Recipes
- Picnic Drumsticks
Serve these drumsticks with a dip you make by combining some dill, chopped cucumbers, and yogurt.
- Chicken Rice Casserole
The rice in this easy recipe cooks in the oven along with the drumsticks. It's a delicious recipe that kids will love.
- Orange Glazed Drumsticks
The chicken in this recipe stays so wonderfully moist and tender. I love the combination of orange and carrot too.
- Hula Drumsticks
This is such a fun recipe! The drumsticks are coated with crushed graham crackers, then baked in a honey pineapple sauce. Yum.
- Lemon Basil Drumsticks
Placing basil leaves between the skin and flesh of the drumsticks before cooking adds a marvelous flavor and looks very elegant.
- Garlic Roasted Drumsticks
This simple recipe is ready in less than an hour. You can reduce the garlic amount in this recipe if you'd like. The drumsticks are moist and tender with a slightly sticky coating. Yum.
- Apple Chicken Bake
When you think about it, you can use just about any cookie or cracker as a coating for chicken. Crushed vanilla wafers combine with apples for a kid-pleasing main dish.
- Pizza Drumsticks
Drumsticks are so versatile they go with any flavor or cuisine. Pizza ingredients along with scalloped potato mix flavors the meat in this easy one dish recipe.
- Glazed Drumsticks and Veggie Packet
Cook vegetables in foil packets and chicken drumsticks on your grill for a fun dinner and no cleanup.
- Curried Chicken Drumsticks
Curry powder is so good for you. Did you know it contains an ingredient that helps prevent cancer? And the taste is fabulous. These tender drumsticks are marinated in a spicy yogurt sauce, then baked in an apricot-chutney mixture.
- Super Easy Tex Mex Drumsticks
Just three ingredients make the easiest drumstick recipe ever! Make sure you serve tortilla chips to scoop up the wonderful sauce.
- Orange Glazed Drumsticks with Fruity Rice
These delicious glazed drumsticks bake on top of a wonderful fruit and rice pilaf.
- Easy Garlic Drumsticks
A garlic soup mix forms the sauce while the drumsticks cook. Try this with instant or refrigerated mashed potatoes for an old fashioned treat.
- Honey Cornbread Coated Drumsticks
This crunchy coating is my favorite. I love the combination of honey and cornbread.
- BBQ Drumsticks and Macaroni
This may be the ultimate kid friendly meal. Macaroni and cheese dinner mix is baked in the oven along with barbecue coated drumsticks.
- Cheese Stuffed Drumsticks
Did you know you can stuff a drumstick? Loosen the skin and place this savory filling next to the meat for a fabulous taste treat.
- Crockpot Drumsticks Cacciatore
Drumsticks are ideally suited to the crockpot, because the meat is even more tender and juicy when cooked slowly for hours.