I took several weeks last year working on grilled drumsticks to get them just right. The secret of a great chicken leg (drumstick) was in the temperature as usual. Since then I have done mainly oven drummies. I kind of did this post before in my Chicken for a Hundred post. I was cooking for a party and roasted 150 chicken legs and breast in a similar manner. Here is a scaled down version.
Just excellent. It always brings a childlike smile to my wife’s face.
- DO NOT SKIP THE WASH AND DRY or you will not have crispy skin.
- Check the cut joint area for lose parts. You may be handing this to a child and don’t need loose bone aspirated.
- I like cooking this on a rack to get the meat off the pan and with convection, the all sides of the drumstick will be nice.
- Cook at high temp and you must use a thermometer to be sure you get to 185. Do not guess.
- Spice as you want. I often add the Cayenne but if you have little ones, skip it.
- The cooking time make this a great match for oven fries. (Recipe HERE.)
- Scale to any amount you need
- Skip the seasoning and brush with your favorite BBQ sauce the last 5 minutes to make great oven baked BBQ drumsticks.
Preheat oven to 425 convection. Wash drumsticks under running water and pat dry with paper towels.
Trim of any extra skin and any loose joint pieces.
Spice to taste. Here I’m using a light sprinkling of my 7:2:1 seasoning. If you don’t have that, mix 1 T kosher salt, 1 t pepper and optionally 1/2 t garlic powder (granulated preferred) and 1/4 tsp Cayenne (skip for little ones)
Placed on a prepared cooking pan with the thicker part of the drumstick to the outside. I usually line with aluminum foil to help cleanup. A rack elevates the chicken to help all sides cook evenly. You can do it without the rack but better with. Of course, a heavy spray of PAM on the rack or foil.
Cook to 185 plus internal temp. DO NOT STOP SHORT of 185. About 35 minutes in my oven. Let set for 10 minutes before serving. They are way too hot to eat right away and will be better after a rest.
November 23 2013