Fried Chicken Drumstick Recipes

Christine Albury

Looking for fried chicken drumstick recipes? Try this one - it's quick, easy and produces wonderfully crispy chicken!

There are few culinary pleasures as wonderful as fried chicken. There's something about that combination of crispy skin and tender, succulent meat that makes it just irresistible!

Fried chicken is good served hot or cold, kids love it as much as adults and it's the perfect food to take on a picnic. Really, what is there NOT to love?

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Tips for perfect fried chicken every time

Whilst it's not especially hard to prepare, there are a few tips to bear in mind when frying chicken that will help you get the very best results.

1. Soak the chicken in buttermilk. Do it the night before if possible! Soaking the chicken in buttermilk gives you extra juicy chicken, because the acid in the buttermilk breaks down the protein in the chicken and tenderizes it.

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2. Don't cook your chicken straight from the fridge. This is because it will cause the temperature of the oil to drop too rapidly and it will be difficult to achieve a crispy skin.

3. Use oil with a high smoke point. Peanut oil, vegetable oil or canola oil are ideal.

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4. Be sure to check for doneness. The frying time given in any recipe is approximate - the chicken may take a little more or less time to be properly cooked. The best option is to check with a meat thermometer, which you should insert into the thickest part of the chicken. When fully cooked, it should read 165 degrees.

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If you love chicken drumsticks...

Then one not try one of these recipes?

These Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Chili Lime are perfect with corn on the cob and a crisp salad. 

If you have an Instant Pot, check out this Gluten Free Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks Recipe. It's ridiculously easy and ready in just 30 minutes - perfect for a midweek meal.

And for something a little spicy, try these simple Cajun Chcken Drumsticks.


Fried Chicken Drumstick Recipes

      4 Servings


  • 2 pounds Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 Salt and Pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Oil, plus more if needed


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and rub with garlic. Leave to sit for 15 minutes. 
  2. Mix the flour, paprika and cayenne in a zip top bag. 
  3. Add the chicken in batches and shake well until evenly coated.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over a medium heat until it reaches 365 degrees. When it's ready, a little flour dropped in will bubble and sizzle.
  5. Shake the excess flour off a piece of chicken and put it carefully into the oil, skin side down. 
  6. Add a few more pieces carefully but do not crowd the pan. 
  7. Cover and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes until the chicken is browned on bottom. Turn it over, cover and cook for about 8 minutes more until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Drain the chicken on paper towels and cook the remaining chicken, ensuring that the heat of the oil remains at a constant 365 degrees.
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Author: Christine Albury
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 211
Calories 603

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 201mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 51g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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