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Best Chicken Drumstick Recipes (Juicy & Crispy)

Discover perfection in every bite with the best chicken drumstick recipes! Juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside—unleash flavor like never before.

20+ Chicken Drumsticks Recipes

I think that sometimes chicken drumsticks unfairly get a bad rap. They are actually pretty great – especially when cooked to perfection using these tasty recipes!

They are usually more economical and, generally, much juicier than white meat. Those are pretty big wins in my book.

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Best chicken drumstick recipes

Today I am sharing some of my favorite recipes so that you can experience the joys of chicken drumsticks for yourself. Each of these chicken drumstick recipes only need a couple of simple ingredients and a few minutes of prep time. I think you are going to love them.

Serve any of these options with a simple garden salad and fries for an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy. These easy air fryer asparagus, classic caesar salad or sweet potato fries would also make delicious side dishes.

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BBQ Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Grilled Recipes

Fire up your taste buds with our mouth-watering BBQ grilled chicken drumsticks. Perfectly seasoned and grilled to perfection, they’re sure to be a hit at your next cookout.

Satisfy your taste buds with these flavorful teriyaki grilled chicken drumsticks. They are ideal for a summer BBQ or a quick weeknight dinner.

Slow cooker BBQ drumsticks

Crockpot Recipes

Tender and flavorful, these crock pot chicken drumsticks are perfect for any gathering. Cooked low and slow in a delicious BBQ sauce, this juicy chicken is the perfect balance of tangy and smoky.

Air Fryer BBQ Drumsticks Recipe

Baked Recipes

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks –  I love how little effort these tender chicken drumsticks take. They make a perfect meal on a busy weeknight. Once you have mastered the original recipe, try it with other cuts of chicken for even more delicious options.

Serve these delicious air fryer BBQ chicken drumsticks as a main course for a family dinner or as a crowd-pleasing appetizer for gatherings.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

Tips and Tricks

  • With any recipe, the cooking time can vary depending on the size of the drumsticks. Adjust accordingly.
  • The best way to ensure that any meat is cooked properly is to test the internal temperature using an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat. For poultry, the safe minimum internal temperature is 165°F (74°C).
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Lining your baking sheet or air fryer with parchment paper before adding your meat makes for easy clean-up.
  • Add a little bit of onion powder, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, or cayenne pepper to the coated chicken before grilling to take them up a notch.
  • You could coat the chicken legs with a spice rub before basting with teriyaki sauce. We make our own dry rub for all of our smoked recipes.
  • Test out a variety of different teriyaki sauces to suit your tastes.
  • Use chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken breast instead of drumsticks for a whole new dish.
20+ Chicken Drumsticks Recipes

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about heather

Hello, I’m Heather!

I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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