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How To Cook Chicken Drumsticks on the Stove
Drumsticks are a type of chicken leg and are one of the most popular cuts of chicken. They’re also one of the most flavorful, thanks to the presence of both skin and drumette (the end part of the leg where the drumstick meets the thigh, and which has more meat than the drumstick itself). Cooking drumsticks is easy using a simple technique, and will have you on your way to making meals like chicken and dumplings or chicken and rice. Thankfully, the preparation of drumsticks is minimally changed no matter how you plan to cook them. So, whether you’re cooking them in the oven or on the stove, the steps are practically identical.
How to Cook Drumsticks
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Step 2: Prepare your chicken, and place it in a baking dish with a tight fitting lid (preferably non-stick). Step 3: In a small pan over medium-high heat, heat the butter. Once melted, add in the flour and stir. Step 4: Once the flour has cooked for 5-6 minutes, add in the chicken, seasoning, bay leaf, and onion. Stir the mixture together until the chicken is fully coated with the flour. Step 5: Spread the chicken and the sauce over the baking dish. Step 6: Place the baking dish into the oven. Step 7: Once the chicken has cooked for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven. Step 8: Serve the drumsticks on a plate. Step 9: Repeat Steps 1-7 for additional cooking.
To start, you’ll need to prepare your marinade. In this instance, I’m going to use a simple Cajun blend of herbs and spices: 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon white pepper I spread the marinade in a half-pint jar and shook vigorously for 10 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the flavors have formed a thick coating on the chicken. Then I cook the drumsticks: Stovetop: Sprinkle the drumsticks with salt on both sides and place them, skin side down, on a roasting rack. This will help keep them from drying out as they cook. Season the skin side generously with the Cajun marinade, and then place a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Drumsticks tend to lose their heat quickly, which is why broiling them gives them more of a crispier skin and more flavorful meat. Just put them on the highest heat setting for about 10 to 20 minutes, until they’re lightly browned on top. Make sure to check to make sure they don’t burn. You can always broil them if you find that the legs are too wet and have undercooked meat. To do this, remove the meat from the bone and remove the drumsticks from the bone, reserving the drumstick tips. If you find that the legs are completely dry, put them back in the bag and cook them as normal. Heat Makes Perfect Drumsticks For Boneless Chicken Breasts and Beef If you want to change things up for your drumsticks, you can also broil them.
Warm your oven to 400°F. If you’re using the convection setting, turn it to high. Toss the drumsticks in a bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Toss them around to coat with olive oil and salt. Roast for 25-35 minutes, until they’re browned and cooked through. Rotate the drumsticks halfway through roasting. Remove and let cool. Slice drumsticks in half, remove the skin, and slice each half in half. Serve with gravy. Crock Pot: If you have a slow cooker, it’s time to use it. Simply use the appliance to brown the drumsticks on all sides, turn them to get them even browned, and then cook them on high for 5-6 hours.
Before you begin cooking, soak your chicken drumsticks in cold water. The water will help your chicken thighs (where the drumstick meets the thigh) come to a proper temperature, which is important for both cooking and draining. Soak your drumsticks in cold water. The water will help your chicken thighs (where the drumstick meets the thigh) come to a proper temperature, which is important for both cooking and draining. Using a roasting rack, place your drumsticks on it on a roasting pan. Heat the oven to 425°F. Let your drumsticks stand until they’re fully cooked (10-12 minutes) and cooked through. Using a roasting rack, place your drumsticks on it on a roasting pan. Heat the oven to 425°F. Let your drumsticks stand until they’re fully cooked (10-12 minutes) and cooked through.
Slice or chop the drumstick into one-inch pieces and place in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Over medium heat, bring the pot of water to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil, place the pot on the stovetop and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 12-15 minutes. After 12 minutes, remove the lid and let the drumsticks cook for another 10-15 minutes. The pieces should be cooked through, and the skin should be slightly crisp but not dried out. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. In the Basket: Season the drumsticks with a dry rub of the same herbs as you used for the drum in the first step. Line a shallow basket with foil and place the drumsticks in the basket. Seal the basket with aluminum foil, and loosely cover the drumsticks with the lid.
The simple steps for cooking chicken drumsticks are pretty straightforward, and while there’s not much to it, the method is both time-saving and impressive in terms of flavor. Whether you’re looking to start cooking chicken more or are just looking for a handy way to roast a chicken, this guide is for you. Plus, the recipe site with recipes created a step-by-step video for the entire process.