I stand by this recipe, I make it roughly once per week through fall and winter – as a bonus, I’ll tell you three different ways to cook them – all follow the same prep.
-6 chicken drumsticks/legs (bone-in, some recipes specify that and I can’t imagine using boneless chicken legs for anything….but okay)
-Olive oil (I don’t measure this, I pour as needed to douse, sorry, the health conscious) can also substitute other oils or butter, as you like, the not health conscious
-The following spices, I use 1 teaspoon each, but you can adjust as needed, that’s a lot of cayenne for some people:
You can also through sage in there, but I never keep that on hand so eh
1) Coat drumsticks in oil, you need the spices/herbs to stick
2) Mix all spices/herbs together (pictured below in case you needed to see what it looked like)
3) Sprinkle spice/herb mixture on drumsticks, creating a crust on one side
HERE’S where we deviate!
First way to cook:
Traditionally: Pour olive oil (SAY NO to cooking sprays, they have propellants in them that damage cookware at high heat, and guess what you’re about to expose this baking sheet to…you guessed it, high heat) on baking sheet, add seasoned drumsticks.
Preheat oven to 350
Bake drumsticks 45 minutes, checking about every 15 minutes to “de-stick” them, or else the bottom skin will sear to the baking sheet and the delicious, crispy chicken skin you so lovingly seasoned will be RUINED as it rips off when you attempt to remove your chicken.
Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot:
Place cooking trivet in Instant Pot, place drumsticks on top
Cook on high pressure 15 minutes, allow to naturally release pressure
Multi-Heat Oven/Superwave Oven (pictured below):
Place low rack in Superwave, place chicken on rack
Cook at 400 for 25 minutes
No matter how you cook them, these drumsticks are the best, plus you can’t beat their cost per pound/utter deliciousness.
I usually serve with sweet potatoes, which bake alongside them at 350 for about an hour and a half, or can be made in an Instant Pot to utterly perfect softness.
As always, ENJOY!
Alter as needed, but this is my line up (not pictured: kosher salt):
Did you wonder what raw chicken looked like?
Superwave, doing it’s thing: