Chicken drumsticks are the fun finger food all kids love, but they can be a sophisticated treat for adults too. Their tender dark meat and crispy skin make them a versatile choice in the kitchen. And they’re good for you too! They are rich in iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and several B vitamins, including vitamin B12, all of which essential in a healthy diet. They are also an excellent source of protein, containing 24 g of protein per 100 g serving. Check out this Nutrition Cheat Sheet for more information on your favourite cuts of chicken.
Whether it’s on the grill, in the oven or the slow cooker, drumsticks work well for a variety of recipes. Here are a few of our favourites for your cooking pleasure!
1. Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks
Maple and Dijon pair perfectly in this dish, creating just the right balance of sweet and salty. This one-pan meal is ready in 45 minutes and uses only six common ingredients.
2. Bacon Wrapped Drumsticks with Ricotta Herb Stuffing
Mixed herbs, rich ricotta and of course delicious bacon kick these drumsticks up a notch - a real crowd pleaser.
3. Roasted Chicken Drumsticks and Vegetables with Juniper Berries
Chicken, vegetables and juniper berries are all roasted together in a single roasting pan, allowing their flavours to blend and deepen.
4. Sweet Coconut Clove Chicken
Coconut milk, tamari, garlic and brown sugar give this chicken a tantalizing aroma that will fill your kitchen as it cooks.
5. Romani Chicken Stew
This recipe is chock full of fragrant herbs and spices which have time to marinate and blend as they cook in the slow cooker.
6. Grilled Drumsticks with Onion Marmalade
These grilled drumsticks come to life when paired with a sweet, caramelized onion marmalade, and are ready in just 30 minutes!
7. Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Legs & Sweet Potato Mash
Buttermilk makes the perfect, no-salt-added brine, and helps the chicken retain its moisture and flavour throughout cooking. These grilled buttermilk chicken legs pair perfectly with a spiced sweet potato mash.
8. BBQ Beer Braised Chicken & Carrots
This recipe is low in fat and calories with only 366 calories per serving, not to mention high in nutrition with fibre, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants from the carrots.
9. Smoked Cajun Legs
Sure to satisfy any craving for spice, these smoked Cajun chicken legs require only five ingredients and can be prepared in under an hour. Perfect for a summer dinner party or an afternoon watching the game.