Drumsticks are super flavorful, inexpensive, and quick to cook up. They’re also incredibly versatile. You can fry, bake, broil, or grill them, and they’ll pair with so many different side dishes. They’re the ideal cut of chicken to keep on hand to whip up a weeknight dinner.
Make recipes using drumsticks only, or mix them with thighs and breasts so everyone gets to have their favorite piece. You’re sure to find inspiration in these 12 recipes for juicy, full-of-flavor chicken drumsticks.
This uncomplicated and unpretentious Hungarian recipe is a special dish. Chicken, onions, butter, stock, paprika, salt, and sour cream are the basis to make chicken in a sauce that’s so good, you’ll want to drink it. The recipe calls for drumsticks and thighs, but you can use all drumsticks if you prefer. Serve it over mashed potatoes, rice, potato gnocchi, or spaetzle.
Breaded and Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Mayo and Dijon mustard hold the breading onto these drumsticks that you bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Pair this chicken with mac and cheese and green beans to please the whole family.
Easy BBQ Chicken Drumsticks in the Oven
Make bbq chicken in the oven if it’s too cold to light up the grill or if you don’t have a grill. It gets a quick sear under the broiler to brown the skin, and then a longer roast in the oven until the chicken is completely tender. Use store bought or homemade bbq sauce.
Grilled Dukkah-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Hummus
Dukkah is an Egyptian blend of seasonings that you can create from the spices on your spice rack or buy premade. When sprinkled on chicken drumsticks, or whole chicken legs, that you marinate in a lime vinaigrette, the spices become part of a simple but flavorful way to prepare chicken for grilling.
Classic Baked Chicken
All you need for this classic way of preparing chicken is the chicken, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Prepare an entire cut up chicken this way or just use a package of chicken drumsticks for the entire recipe—the quickest way to get your chicken dinner on the table.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Asparagus and Potatoes
Cook chicken, asparagus, and potatoes all on one sheet pan for a simple, comforting dinner. The recipe calls for chicken breasts and legs, but you can use all drumsticks for this recipe. Just reduce the baking time, making sure the temperature of the drumsticks reaches 165°F.
Chicken Drumsticks, Ethiopian-Style
Rub drumsticks with berbere, a hot and earthy spice blend used in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. You can buy the blend premade or create your own—the spices needed to make it are in the recipe. Simply coat the chicken legs in oil or butter, sprinkle with salt, rub with the spice mix, wrap in foil, and bake. It’s a simple way of switching up the way you bake chicken.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Crispy and juicy fried chicken from the air fryer? Try it! Drench chicken pieces, including drumsticks, in buttermilk then coat them in flour and spices. Then pop in the air fryer and let it do its thing.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
If you’d rather fry your chicken the original way, this recipe creates crispy fried chicken that will wow everyone around the table. Marinate the chicken in buttermilk, sliced onion, herbs, paprika, and cayenne for at least 8 hours, coat in flour and spices, then fry it in batches on the stovetop.
Guyanese Chicken Curry
This dish has its roots in Indian cooking and is a contribution to Guyanese cuisine by the Indian population of Guyana. Seasoned with Caribbean green seasoning combined with a spice blend of warm garam masala and curry powder, there’s layer upon layer of flavor in these drumsticks and thighs.
Spicy Chicken Drumsticks
Rub chicken drumsticks with oil and Caribbean jerk spices and broil. It’s that simple to make flavorful chicken that cooks up quickly. Serve with a side of Jamaican rice and peas.
Grilled Chicken with South Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce
South Carolina bbq sauce is a zesty, mustard-based sauce with a hint of sweetness and spice. Generously coat drumsticks and thighs—or just drumsticks—then grill until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 175°F.