Chicken drumsticks are a fun and versatile dish to prepare.
If you’re bored of chicken breast, spices and seasonings can easily transform the humble drumstick into a culinary masterpiece.
Want to know how to make them extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside?
How do you prepare drumsticks?
Once you’ve decided on which spices to season your drumsticks with, it’s time to prepare them for the oven.
To do this, place the drumsticks in a large bowl and add salt and pepper.
Mix until evenly distributed.
Next, add paprika, garlic powder, cumin and chili powder to taste (or any other spices you want).
Again mix until evenly distributed throughout all of the chicken legs.
Finally, once your drumsticks are seasoned and marinated in your favorite blend of spices it’s time to cook them!
You can bake or grill these delicious morsels until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit—but no more than that; overcooked chicken can cause severe illness due to bacteria growth on undercooked meat products like these tasty drumsticks!
How do you clean and season drumsticks?
Let’s start with cleaning and seasoning drumsticks.
Once you have removed the skin and bone, you can season the chicken drumsticks.
You may want to season them with salt, pepper, garlic powder or some other spices of your choice.
It is important to note that there are many ways of cleaning and seasoning chicken drumsticks.
The most common method is to remove both ends (feet) from the bird then cut off pieces of meat which are attached behind each knee joint (you will know where these joints are when you see them).
There’s nothing wrong with eating those parts of the chicken; however if you prefer not to eat them it is recommended that they be discarded before cooking because they tend be a bit tougher than regular meat found on other parts of the bird such as breast or thighs:
What do you cook drumsticks on?
There are many ways to cook chicken drumsticks, but you must be careful when choosing the cooking method.
It is important to choose a method that allows for even cooking of the meat so that it does not become dry or rubbery.
Some methods include:
- Non-stick pans (non-stick surfaces are ideal for a variety of foods including chicken as they require less oil)
- Heavy-based pans (this will ensure that your skillet doesn’t warp when using high heat)
- Grills (be sure to use indirect heat if you’re grilling over direct flame)
- Deep fryers and electric skillets with electric coils as these devices can reach higher temperatures than most ovens do.
- These appliances also allow for easy cleanup compared to deep frying in a pot on top of the stovetop.
- Ovens – only good if you want crispy skin on both sides at once which works well if you’re making wings!
- (You’ll need two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.) If not, consider broiling instead!
- Broilers tend not to burn food like ovens do…
Salt and pepper
Salt and pepper is a classic seasoning combination that works on just about any meat.
You can easily season your drumsticks with salt and pepper by simply sprinkling them with the ingredients when you’re ready to cook.
This method works well because it only requires one ingredient, so it won’t take up too much time or money.
Salt and pepper is also easy to adjust if you don’t like how it tastes—if you find that the chicken still needs more flavor after adding salt and pepper, try adding some other spices instead!
For a more spicy kick, try paprika.
This seasoning will give your drumsticks a rich flavor and add some color to the meat.
Different kinds of paprika are available, so choose one that will enhance your dish without overpowering it.
Paprika should be used sparingly because it’s very strong; just 1 teaspoon per pound is enough for most recipes.
You can also sprinkle some over the potatoes if you want to make an extra-colorful presentation while still keeping things simple at dinner time!
Make sure that there are no bones in the chicken legs before cooking them with paprika.
If there are any bones, they can break through the skin when being roasted over high heat or baked in an oven set at 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 Celsius).
Garlic powder is a great seasoning for chicken.
It’s a simple way to add flavor without adding calories or fat, which makes it ideal for those who are watching their diets.
Garlic powder can be used in many different ways: sprinkled onto the surface of meat before cooking, added to marinades, or mixed into sauces and dressings for chicken wings or drumsticks.
Cumin is a spice that comes from the seeds of cumin plants.
Cumin seeds are commonly used to season roasted meats, stews and soups.
The ancient Egyptians used cumin as a food flavoring as far back as 7000 BC, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Because cumin has such a distinct flavor, it’s important not to overdo it when seasoning your chicken drumsticks with this spice mix.
This recipe calls for one teaspoon of ground cumin and one-half teaspoon each ground coriander and black pepper for four servings; however, you can adjust these amounts based on your personal preference for spiciness and seasoning strength.
Chili powder is a spice mix derived from dried chilis, with a variety of different types and flavors.
It can be used in dishes like chili, but it also adds extra flavor to chicken drumsticks.
In Mexican cuisine, chili powder usually contains cumin and oregano.
Some may have additional ingredients such as garlic or paprika powders.
In Indian cuisine, chili powders are often made at home using fresh peppers or dried peppers that have been ground into a fine powder.
They’re used in many different dishes—sometimes they’re mixed into a paste with other spices, but sometimes they’re sprinkled on top of food just before serving.
All of these spices and ingredients can be used on any kind of chicken dish, but the Chicken Drumstick is one of my favorites.
In fact, it’s one that I usually use to make a quick meal for myself.
The key to this recipe is how easy it is to prepare and cook.
Just grab some chicken drumsticks, rub them in oil along with your spice mixture (I used garlic powder and paprika), then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re done!