Simple Baked Drumsticks
I've been doing more meal planning lately--partly because we've been so darn busy, and partly because it brings me great peace to have a weekly menu. (Where are all my Type A ladies at?!)
At the start of the week, I talk with J (the hubs) about what he's craving, browse my library of cookbooks, and get creative. Tonight I made these rustic + simple baked drumsticks with garlicky green beans. The meal was honestly so easy and tasty - my husband had three servings!
The secret to really good baked drumsticks is to first sear them stovetop. This helps keep the outside somewhat crispy, and keep the juices all inside.
What You'll Need:
- 9-12 Chicken Drumsticks (I always buy organic, free-range whenever possible)
- 1 tsp. good garlic powder
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp. paprika or smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. grated pepper
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. grated sea salt
- 1-2 Tbsp. EVOO
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F.
Wash and pat dry the drumsticks. Then, lightly coat them with olive oil and season each stick with a blend of all the seasonings above.
Coat a baking dish with a bit of oil, and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over high heat with about 1 tbsp. oil. When it's good and hot, add in the drumsticks one at a time and sear for 1-2 minutes, turning once so you get them crispy on both sides. After you hear them sizzling and see a bit of crispness form, place them into the baking dish. (You don't need to have them on heat for long!)
- Place the baking dish into the oven for 30 minutes. Use the time the chicken is baking to prepare your favorite sides and set the table. Then, voila! Perfectly seasoned, crispy, juicy drumsticks are ready to enjoy!