Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Buffalo-Style

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Buffalo-Style
Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Buffalo-Style. Photo: Diana Rattray
    95 min
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These delicious chicken drumsticks are baked with garlic and olive oil, then they're coated with hot sauce and drizzled with Ranch or blue cheese dressing. These make a great snack or dinner entree, delicious with fries or a rice dish.

Be sure to serve these flavorful chicken drumsticks with more dressing on the side.

Feel free to add some extra cayenne pepper for more heat.

What You'll Need

  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken legs, about 10 to 12 drumsticks
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, put through a press or finely minced
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank's Red hot or Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing

How to Make It

  • Heat oven to 350 F.

  • Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil and then place a cake cooling rack* in the pan.

  • Pat the chicken pieces with paper towels to dry thoroughly. Toss the chicken with the olive oil and garlic.

  • Arrange the chicken legs on the rack and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  • Turn and bake for 20 minutes longer.

  • Increase heat to 400° and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes longer, until nicely browned.

  • In a large  bowl, combine the melted butter and hot sauce. Toss the hot cooked drumsticks with the sauce mixture.

  • Arrange the chicken on a serving platter and drizzle with Ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing.

  • Serve the drumsticks with more dressing on the side.

  • Serves 4 to 6.

  • *Cake cooling racks come in many sizes, and they are ideal for cooking as well as cooling. There are racks that will fit in 9-by-13-by-2-inch pans, jelly roll pans, and half sheet pans. Stainless steel is a little more expensive, but it is oven safe, dishwasher safe, and durable. (Buy from Amazon: Oven Safe, Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Baking Rack & Cooling Rack, 10 x 15 inches Fits Jelly Roll Pan)

  • Tips and Variations

    • For extra heat, add some ground cayenne pepper (to taste) to the hot sauce and butter mixture. 
    • Use all or part chicken thighs along with the drumsticks.
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