That is only a nice, easy baked hen drumsticks recipe you will get within the oven shortly. A 3-ingredient seasoning provides terrific flavour and color. In the meantime, the key to a beautiful crispy pores and skin is a contact of baking powder. Don’t imagine me? Learn the critiques in my Actually Crispy Baked Rooster Wings which makes use of the identical trick!
Crispy Baked Rooster Legs
For those who ask me, on a sheer scale of munchability (new phrase) hen drumsticks beats out hen breasts any previous day. I’d fairly be grabbing a drumstick with my fingers and chomping that meaty flesh off the bone than daintily nibbling a hen breast with a knife and fork!
However, perhaps that’s simply me.
So if you happen to’re in my camp – or truly, even if you happen to’re not (!) 😇 – right here’s a terrific on a regular basis hen drumsticks recipe to attempt. It’s flavoured with a easy, BBQ rub-like seasoning made with simply paprika, onion and garlic powder (wager you’ve obtained all 3 in your pantry!!) bulked out with flour to coat the legs throughout.
As for a bit trick to get the pores and skin good and crispy? A contact of baking powder. Yep, actually. Learn on!
Seasoning for Crispy Baked Rooster Drumsticks
Right here’s what it’s essential make these drumsticks. Baking powder is the key substances that makes the pores and skin crispy. In the meantime flour is used to bulk out the seasoning combine so we will coat the hen legs throughout.
Rooster drumsticks – Whereas I’m utilizing hen legs for this recipe, hen wings and skin-on, bone-in hen thighs will also be used.
Baking powder (for crispy pores and skin!) – NOT to be confused with baking soda / bi-carb which is completely different! Baking powder is a tried and confirmed ingredient utilized in my baked hen wings to make hen pores and skin crispier. There’s a bunch of science behind why it really works, however all it’s essential know is that it does!
For full transparency, I will likely be upfront in saying the pores and skin on this recipe isn’t as shatteringly crisp as it’s within the wings. It’s because the wings have simply plain pores and skin whereas these legs are coated in seasoning, which does inhibit crisping (in return for extra flavour coating!) Nevertheless, with none baking powder in any respect, the drumstick hen pores and skin is simply borderline soggy. Non-crispy hen pores and skin is ok in itself if you happen to’re baking drumsticks with a glaze, like my Sticky Honey Soy Baked Rooster or Honey Mustard Baked Rooster Drumsticks. However for this recipe, it’s SO a lot nicer when the pores and skin is a bit crisp!
Spice combine – We’re utilizing a mix of smoked or plain paprika, onion and garlic powder right here. These 3 spices are a traditional, American barbecue rub-like seasoning mixture I take advantage of in lots of dishes (akin to my rub for pork chops and baked hen breasts). Onion and garlic powder may be substituted with extra of the opposite, if you happen to don’t have each.
Flour – That is used to bulk out the seasoning so we will coat the hen legs evenly throughout.
Find out how to make Crispy Baked Rooster Drumsticks
The trick to crispy baked drumsticks is to stretch the pores and skin over the drumsticks as a lot as doable (as a result of flesh gained’t go crisp!) after which coat the pores and skin evenly throughout with the seasoned flour.
Seasoning – Combine the spices and flour collectively in a bowl. Use a shallow bowl because it’s simpler coat the hen legs within the seasoning.
Coat drumsticks in oil – The oil makes the seasoning persist with the hen in addition to serving to the pores and skin go good and brown because it bakes. I discover it’s best to rub it throughout utilizing my fingers to make sure every drumstick is well-coated.
Stretch pores and skin – The extra pores and skin that stays put over the flesh, the crispier your drumsticks! So pull and stretch the pores and skin to cowl the flesh as finest you’ll be able to. A number of the pores and skin will nonetheless shrink again because it bakes anyway, however if you happen to skip this step completely you’ll find yourself with a largely bare drumstick 😭
Coat legs within the seasoning – Dip, flip, use fingers for sprinkling on high as wanted. Then shake off the surplus, in any other case you find yourself with fairly a thick layer of pasty-ish coating on the hen legs.
Rack on tray – Place the legs on a rack on a foil-lined tray. Why foil-lined? It makes your clear up life simpler. Why rack? For crispy undersides! Don’t have a rack? Line with paper as an alternative and switch the drumsticks midway, and count on so as to add an additional 5 to 10 minutes to the bake time to make the highest crispy.
Spray with oil – Then spray the legs with oil. Be beneficiant! It makes them extra crispy and golden, nearly like a frying impact!
Bake for half-hour at 200°C/390°F (180°C fan), rotating the tray as soon as to assist them cook dinner evenly. Then crank the oven as much as 220°C/430°C (200°C fan) and bake for an additional quarter-hour till they’re crisp and golden. You would possibly discover you want an additional 5 minutes to get the pores and skin crispy, relying on how evenly the warmth is distributed in your oven.
As soon as they’re prepared, serve them up immediately whereas they’re good and sizzling!
What to serve with Crispy Baked Rooster Drumsticks
These drumsticks are fairly common in character and pleasant with a variety of different dishes. Strive these drumsticks with Fried Rice and a easy Backyard Salad, as pictured above. Else, make up an enormous batch of Macaroni Salad or Potato Salad – these are nice massive batch sides that retains within the fridge for days. For one thing completely different, there’s additionally my marinated Vegetable Pasta Salad (wonderful starch + veg facet), a Quinoa Kale Salad (the kale is marinated!) or an enormous Candy Potato Salad.
For extra concepts, have a flick thru my assortment of Facet Dishes (potato, pasta, rice, salads, veg!).
Like to know if you happen to do this – let me know what you suppose! – Nagi x
Watch tips on how to make it
Crispy Baked Rooster Drumsticks
Prep: 10 minutes
Prepare dinner: 45 minutes
Servings5 – 6 individuals
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Preparation: Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F (180°C fan-forced). Line a tray with foil then place a rack on the tray (makes the underside of the drumsticks crispier, Observe 4).
Seasoning: Combine the Seasoning substances in a shallow bowl.
Coat in oil: Toss the drumsticks within the olive oil. Stretch and pull the pores and skin on every drumsticks to cowl as a lot of the flesh as doable.
Coat in seasoning: Coat a drumstick within the Seasoning then shake the surplus off effectively. Place on the rack. Repeat with remaining drumsticks.
Spray with oil: Spray the legs generously with oil.
Bake for half-hour, rotating the tray midway by way of. Enhance the oven to 220°C / 430°F (200°C fan) then bake for an additional quarter-hour or till the pores and skin is crispy. Get pleasure from!
2. Substitute for spices:
Garlic powder: extra onion powder
Onion powder: extra garlic powder
Smoked paprika: extra abnormal/candy paprika
3. Baking powder goal – To not be confused with baking soda / bi-carb which is like triple energy baking powder and can NOT style good!!
Baking powder is a secret trick to make hen pores and skin crispier, a tried and confirmed technique with hen wings (very fashionable recipe on my web site!). It doesn’t make these drumsticks shatteringly crispy as a result of they’re seasoned fairly than being plain pores and skin (just like the wings) however if you happen to make these drumsticks with out, they’re noticeably much less crispy. You’ll be able to’t style the baking powder.
4. Tray prep – Why foil-lined? It makes your clear up life simpler. Why rack? For crispy undersides! Don’t have a rack? Line with paper as an alternative and switch the drumsticks midway, and count on so as to add an additional 5 to 10 minutes to the bake time to make the highest crispy.
5. Diet per serving (ie 5 servings, 2.4 drumsticks per particular person 😂)
Energy: 395cal (20%)Carbohydrates: 10g (3%)Protein: 33g (66%)Fats: 24g (37%)Saturated Fats: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 5gMonounsaturated Fats: 12gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 167mg (56%)Sodium: 893mg (39%)Potassium: 745mg (21%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 1073IU (21%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 138mg (14%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
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