The kids are on vacation but, hey, guess what? You’re not!
Big and little people still need to be fed, so why not make something quick and easy that can be thrown on the grill or in the oven like these Island Chicken Drumsticks?
Here’s what you do:
- Buy one of those 12-packs of chicken legs (or more if you’re feeling particularly ambitious).
- Prepare the dry rub from spices you probably already have in your pantry. You don’t need to follow my recipe… use what you have!
- Heat up the grill or oven and in 20 minutes dinner will be ready.
If you DO make extra drummies, you’ll have something to feed the hungry horde for lunch tomorrow or a picnic dinner the day AFTER tomorrow. Perfect. Easy. Just like summer should be!
Island Chicken Drummies
prep: 15 minutes
cook: 20 minutes
makes 12 drumsticks, about 6 servings
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
½ teaspoon cloves
12 chicken drumsticks
1 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
let’s get to it…
Line two large rimmed baking pans with foil. Coat each with cooking spray. Place oven racks in middle part of oven. Heat oven to 450°F.
Blend brown sugar, thyme, red pepper flakes, allspice, garlic powder, mustard powder and cloves in a blender container. Turn blender on low and slowly increase speed to high. Pulse blender on high for 10 seconds or until thoroughly mixed. Pour spice blend into a Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bag or an 8-ounce Ziploc® Brand Container; set aside.
Place 4 drumsticks in a Gallon Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bag. Pour ¼ of the spice blend into the bag. Shake until coated. Remove drumsticks and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining drumsticks. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Heat barbecue sauce and marmalade in a small saucepan on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve with cooked chicken drumsticks.
Cook’s Tip: Keep it neat! Wrap the ends of the drumsticks with a colorful napkin before placing drumsticks on a large serving tray.