8 Delicious Ways to Turn Chicken Drumsticks into Dinner

8 Delicious Ways to Turn Chicken Drumsticks into Dinner

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Kelli Foster
Sep 6, 2017
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As you prepare next week's meal plan, take this opportunity to swap out your regular pack of chicken thighs for some juicy drumsticks. This equally budget-friendly cut is part of the leg so, like the thighs you already love so much, it has a rich, meaty flavor and is super versatile.

From the ultimate fried chicken to drumsticks hot off the grill, here are eight totally tasty ways to turn a pack of chicken drumsticks into dinner.

1. How To Make Crispy, Juicy Fried Chicken

Grab a pack of drumsticks (and some extra napkins!) — whether you're a first-time fryer or your skillet is well-seasoned, this is the step-by-step guide for making the very best fried chicken at home.

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2. Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemons

Filled with a saucy mix of preserved lemons, olives, and warm spices, this dinner comes together with drumsticks (or a mix of drumsticks and thighs). Consider serving a chunk of bread alongside this chicken dinner — it's perfect for mopping up all the leftover sauce.

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3. Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs

This is the easy finger-licking-good dinner you want in your meal plan lineup. Drumsticks (and thighs, if you like) are baked until crispy, then brushed with a simple savory-sweet glaze that's stirred together with a few pantry ingredients.

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4. 30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken

Drumsticks are the star ingredient for this version of briny, tomatoey cacciatore, which comes together in a flash. Best of all, since it relies on an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, you can start with that pack of frozen solid drumsticks in the freezer.

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5. Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Almonds & Chickpeas

This is a must-try dinner to make over the weekend. It partners chicken drumsticks and thighs with jammy apricots, crunchy almonds, and an irresistible sauce, served over a warm bed of couscous. Not to worry if you don't have a tagine at home — a Dutch oven will work just fine.

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6. Fiona's Green Chicken

This weeknight recipe is proof that the best drumstick marinade starts with fish sauce. It's partnered with herbs, sweet onion, and a few pantry ingredients for an umami-packed, Thai-inspired coating.

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7. Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken

If you plan to grill your drumsticks, a buttermilk brine is the quick ticket to a juicy, flavor-packed chicken dinner. This tangy, acidic liquid coats the chicken in both fat and flavor and acts as a carrier for lots of garlic and spices.

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8. Grilled Chicken Legs with Dijon & White Wine Glaze

Chicken legs are made of the drumstick and thighs, so just about any time you have a recipe that uses whole chicken legs, like this one, you can swap in drumsticks. Here, chicken gets a tangy mustard and white wine coating that clings to the skin, which eventually picks up a nice char from the grill.

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