Do you love juicy, meaty, finger-licking chicken drumsticks? If the answer is yes (and let’s be honest, if it wasn’t, why would you be reading this), then you’re in luck because we’re about to share our favorite recipe for the absolute crispiest baked chicken drumsticks.
We don’t know about you, but we have a serious soft spot for chicken drumsticks. We mean, come on! You get to grab them with your hands, bite into that meaty flesh, and let the juices run down your chin. It’s the ultimate comfort food.
Now, we know that we all love crispy chicken skin, but let’s face it, sometimes it can be a little tough to achieve that perfect crunch, especially if you don’t want to hit the fryer. But fear not my friends, because we have a little trick up our sleeve that will guarantee you get that perfect crisp every time – say hi to baking powder.
That’s right, baking powder is the secret ingredient that will take your chicken drumsticks to the next level. It works like magic, helping the skin crisp up and turn golden brown, while keeping the meat inside moist and juicy.
But before we get to the baking powder, let’s talk seasoning. For this recipe, we’re keeping it simple but flavorful with a BBQ rub-like blend of smoked or plain paprika, onion and garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and a little bit of flour to coat the legs evenly all over.
To start, we’ll mix the spices and flour together in a shallow bowl. Then, we’ll coat the drumsticks in oil (we prefer using our hands to ensure each drumstick is well-coated), and stretch the skin over the flesh as much as possible. This is key to achieving that perfect crisp.
Next, we’ll dip each drumstick into the seasoning mixture, making sure to coat it evenly all over. Shake off any excess, otherwise, you’ll end up with a thick layer of pasty-ish coating on the chicken legs. Then, we’ll place the legs on a rack on a foil-lined tray (it makes cleanup a breeze), and spray them generously with oil. This will help them turn crispy and golden brown, almost like a frying effect.
We’ll start by baking the drumsticks for 30 minutes at 200°C/390°F (180°C fan), rotating the tray once to ensure they cook evenly. Then, we’ll crank up the oven to 220°C/430°C (200°C fan) and bake for a further 15 minutes until they’re crisp and golden. Depending on your oven, you may need an extra 5 minutes to get that skin crispy – so don’t be afraid to double check that crisp-level before you serve.
And there you have it, crispy baked chicken drumsticks that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Serve them up hot, and watch as your friends and family devour them in seconds. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner, a backyard BBQ, or a game day snack. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking.
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