Chicken Drumsticks Recipes That Just Might Turn You Into a Leg Convert

Marinated Chicken Legs


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Marinated Chicken Legs

Drumming Along

Chicken breasts offer endless possibilities. You can slice them, dice them, or cook them whole. Chicken thighs are great in the slow cooker, and who doesn't love chicken wings? But don't sleep on chicken drumsticks just because you're unsure how to cook them. They're cheap, always available in bulk, and there are tons of delicious ways to prepare them. Here are some of our favorites.

Barbecue Chicken

Grilled Chicken Legs

When it comes to cooking chicken legs, grilling is the superior cooking method. The char you can achieve on the grill does wonders for the flavor, which is already bold in this recipe with a seasoning lineup that spotlights smoked paprika, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt. 

Grilled Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Recipe Teacher

Appetizer Chicken Lollipop

Lollipop Chicken Drumsticks

Not only are these lollies fun to make, they also remove the work of gnawing all over the bone to tear into the meat. Lollipop chicken drummies rely on the unique method for preparing the meat and are entirely customizable with seasonings and textures, making them a good go-to.

Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe: The Typical Mom

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Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks

This sweet and savory recipe taps an Asian flavor profile with sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and honey. Garnish these guys with green onion for some color and a nice bite.

Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Easy Chicken Recipes

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Barbecue Chicken

BBQ Chicken

Say it with us: Barbecue sauce belongs on chicken. And chicken legs are no exception. As you grill these chicken legs, you keep lathering them up with barbecue sauce for some bold flavor and the most beautiful sticky texture. 

Grilled Chicken Drumstick RecipeDownshiftology

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Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

Tumeric, garam masala, paprika, cumin, lemon juice, and greek yogurt work together to create a gorgeous orange color on these drummies, and some seriously punchy flavor. We want this alongside some lemon rice and naan immeditely.

Baked* Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Ahead of Thyme

*Can also be fried or grilled

filipino chicken adobo
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Filipino Chicken Adobo

If you want to bring some flavor to your chicken legs, this recipe promises just that with ingredients like rice vinegar and soy sauce bringing in salty hits, balanced by ginger, carrots, and potatoes.

Stovetop Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Vikalinka by Julia Frey

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Grandma's Chicken and Rice

If your grandmother wasn't or isn't a good cook, you have our sincerest apologies. For the rest of us, any recipe that has the word "Grandma" in front of it is pretty much a guarantee to have a good meal. This one serves up the chicken drummies with flavorful rice, bell peppers, and onions. Hubba hubba.

Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Ronalyn Alston

Nashville hot chicken, wings and legs

Nashville Hot Chicken Drumsticks

We're firm believers in the power of some good Nashville hot chicken. But you don't have to head into Dave's Hot Chicken to get your fix (even though we absolutely recommend that glorious place). This recipe sounds spot-on if you're looking to achieve a spicy, crispy plate of chicken legs.

Fried Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Recipes for Holidays

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Drumsticks With Peppers And Paprika

We love a good one-pan meal, and this one looks like it needs to be added to our recipe rotation immediately. You can play around with the spice for this dish, too, which we really appreciate.

Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Chili Pepper Madness

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Legs

If you don't have time to fuss with drummies, you can always throw them in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. Your meat will practically fall off the bone once the drums are done, which makes them easier to cook and easier to eat. Yahtzee! 

Slow Cooker Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Yellow Bliss Road

Sesame Chicken

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Legs

If you're an air fryer addict, here's your new go-to. Teriyaki flavor on chicken is a win every time. This time is no exception. Sticky, sweet, a little spicy — sign us up.

Air Fryer Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Enjoy Clean Eating

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Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Our favorite chicken joints are the ones that serve wings and drummies simultaneously. While there's plenty of debate between which is better, when it comes to buffalo chicken, we really don't discriminate. We will say that drummies tend to be meatier and there's not a single thing wrong with that. Dip these guys in ranch (or blue cheese if that's what you're into) and go to town.

Baked Chicken Drumstick Recipe: Create Kid's Club

Golden Fried Chicken

Crispy Fried Chicken

You didn't think we were going to leave fried chicken out of this party, did you? There's something about that crispy, golden brown texture that we can not resist. It calls to us. And we will pick up every time.

Fried Chicken Drumstick Recipe: The Stay at Home Chef