Cooking chicken drumsticks. Chicken drumsticks come from the lower portion of the chicken leg (consisting of the thigh and the drumstick). It is known for its tender, dark meat with a slightly higher in fat content compared to white meat.
There are many ways to cook chicken drumsticks, from baking and grilling to frying and air frying. Whatever you choose, we have cooking times and cooking temperatures for you. Translation in French: pilons de poulet.
How do I cook chicken drumsticks?
- Preparing chicken drumsticks
- Cooking chicken drumsticks in an oven (baked)
- Cooking chicken drumsticks with an air fryer
- Cooking chicken drumsticks on a grill
- Cooking chicken drumsticks in a pan
What to pair chicken drumsticks with?
Serve roasted or grilled drumsticks with a side of creamy mashed potatoes, steamed carrots or broccoli, and a fresh green salad.
Accompany drumsticks with steamed jasmine rice, stir-fried bamboo shoots, carrots and red peppers; add teriyaki sauce.
Pair drumsticks with couscous or quinoa, grilled zucchini, grilled eggplants and grilled tomatoes; add a tzatziki sauce or a lemony herb vinaigrette.
Preparing chicken drumsticks
Chicken drumsticks are easy to find in most supermarkets, and they are typically sold either fresh or frozen (they’re also quite cheap!)
Preparing chicken drumsticks is simple. Rinse the drumsticks under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. If you want, you can remove the skin from the drumsticks for a healthier option. To do this, grip the skin firmly and pull it away from the meat. Season the drumsticks generously with your preferred spices, herbs, or marinade. Allow them to marinate for at least 30 minutes to enhance the flavor.
Roasted chicken drumsticks
Cooking chicken drumsticks in an oven.
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Place seasoned drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Roast for about 30-35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). For a crispier skin, broil them for an additional 2-3 minutes
Air fryer chicken drumsticks
Cooking chicken wings with an air fryer is great and less messy (and way quicker than cooking them in an oven)
1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
2. Place the wings in the basket and cook for 15-20 minutes, shaking the basket occasionally.
Grilled chicken drumsticks
Cooking chicken wings on a grill. That’s a great way to cook drumsticks (think outside bbq)
1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
2. Oil the grill grates to prevent sticking. Grill the drumsticks for approximately 20-25 minutes, turning them occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
Cooking chicken drumsticks in pan
Cooking chicken drumsticks in a pan. They may take longer to cook but are soft and juicy that way.
1. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat.
2. Add the drumsticks and sear them until browned on all sides.
3. Pour in chicken broth or wine until it covers about half of the drumsticks. Simmer covered for 35-40 minutes until the meat is tender and cooked through.