Monday, February 6, 2012

Buffalo Style Drumsticks

For Superbowl Sunday, I made a twist on Buffalo Wings using chicken drumsticks instead of wings with the same flavor packed sauce on them. These drumsticks were actually rubbed with some spices before being baked on a rack in the oven to perfect doneness and crispness. They were then coated in the sauce and popped right back in the oven to continue cooking. I served these with carrot and celery sticks with homemade Blue Cheese dressing. We still got to have the Buffalo sauce flavor, but it was definitely a little healthier than the traditional fried chicken wings.

Buffalo Style Drumsticks
Adapted from Food Network

For the chicken
8 drumsticks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and black pepper

For the sauce
1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted
1/4 cup hot sauce
1 tablespoon BBQ sauce

For the chicken:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse and pat dry the drumsticks. Mix the oil, chili powder, garlic powder, and some salt and pepper in a medium bowl or resealable plastic bag. Toss the drumsticks in the seasoned oil to coat completely. Bake the drumsticks on a wire rack placed on a foil-lined baking sheet (so air circulates around the chicken) until very tender and the skin is crisp, 50 minutes.

For the Sauce:
Mix together the melted butter, hot sauce and BBQ sauce in a large bowl.

Toss the drumsticks in about 3/4 of the spicy sauce until well coated. Place the drumsticks back on the rack and continue baking an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Spoon remaining sauce over the drumsticks once they come out of the oven.

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