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 we have found that children love any 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 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 moister if cooked with the skin on. Also, think about using any of our Chicken Coating recipes with the drumsticks. Just bake the coated drumsticks at 350°F for 50 to 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 can't face the stove. And remember, you can use drumsticks as a substitute in any recipe that calls for bone-in chicken pieces.
Start With Chicken Drumsticks
- 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.
- Glazed Drumsticks and Veggie Packet
Cook vegetables in foil packets and chicken drumsticks on your grill for a fun dinner and no cleanup.
- Lemon Basil Drumsticks
Placing basil leaves between the skin and flesh of the drumsticks before cooking adds a marvelous flavor and looks very elegant.
- Orange Chicken Drumsticks with Fruit Rice Pilaf
These deliciously glazed drumsticks bake on top of wonderful fruit and rice pilaf.
- Spicy BBQ Drumsticks
A homemade barbecue sauce made with peach preserves is delicious on juicy drumsticks
- Tex Mex Chicken Drumsticks
Just three ingredients make the easiest drumstick recipe ever! Make sure you serve tortilla chips to scoop up the wonderful sauce.
- Chicken Drumsticks Cacciatore
Drumsticks are ideally suited to the crockpot because the meat is even more tender and juicy when cooked slowly for hours.
- Sticky Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks
Lots of spices make this recipe delicious, and it's so easy to cook in the slow cooker.
- 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.
- Garlic 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.