I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
June 25, 2015
It’s easy to find fancy chicken recipes in cookbooks and on the Internet- and over the years, I’ve tried scores of them. We have lots of family favorites, and most of them rely on other ingredients to make the chicken taste great.
But sometimes, I just want something simple– and as far as cooking goes, I’ve found the simplest things can be the hardest to get right. (Case in point: the perfect boiled egg.)
Drumsticks fall under this category. I’ve coated them with breadcrumbs and spices and baked them in the oven, covered them in dijon mustard and maple syrup and slow cooked them in my crockpot, and slathered them with barbeque sauce fresh off the grill. But sometimes, I just want a simple, baked chicken drumstick- and this, I’ve found, has been the hardest chicken recipe to perfect.
Now that I’ve gotten it down, though, it’s incredibly easy and I make them all the time. Chicken drumsticks are the best for a myriad of reasons- They’re perfect for a low-carb diet, they taste good hot or cold, which means you can bake a batch in advance and enjoy them over the next few days, they’re inexpensive, and kids typically love them. So if you’re not already baking drumsticks all the time, I suggest you start now! Here’s how I do it.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. (I use olive oil spray.)
Remove skin from drumsticks if desired. Arrange drumsticks in the baking dish so that they’re not touching. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove dish from oven, turn each drumstick over, sprinkle with more garlic salt and pepper, and bake for another 30 minutes.
See? I told you it was easy, and the results are delicious! Try for yourself and see if you don’t become a drumstick addict.
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Every time I’ve tried to make drumsticks, I end up with them bleeding out of the end of the bone. Even when the meat is cooked all the way through. Have you ever had this problem?